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Greenville County Workforce Development

Meet Jonathan

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Workforce Challenge

Jonathan had worked two jobs for years: one in customer service, and one at a local restaurant to earn extra income. Unfortunately, he was laid off from his customer service job at the same time the restaurant closed its doors. His biggest challenge in finding a new job was transportation, as his family of five went from two vehicles to one in order to reduce expenses, and his fiance needed the car to go to work. She also worked two jobs.

Workforce Solution

At Greenville County Workforce Development, Jonathan, who had a high school diploma, enrolled in training for TIG welding using Trade Adjustment Assistance and WIA funds. Jonathan used his income tax return to pay all his bills far in advance to make sure he could get through training. Since he arrived early every day he began to use his spare time to study pipe welding before starting his daily course work. He was committed and determined to complete his training and find employment quickly.

Outcomes & Benefits

Jonathan was hired right away by GE Gas Turbine as a Tig Welder. His welding instructor said, "Jonathan was one of our best students. He had perfect attendance and a go-getter personality. I knew from the beginning he wouldn’t be difficult to place."

Being interviewed and hired right out of school was an impressive accomplishment. GE has a strict hiring process and usually looks for experience welders, but due to Jonathan's work ethic and commitment to his training program, he was able to be hired quickly. Congratulations, Jonathan!

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