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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

Meet Dwayne

Workforce Challenge

Dwayne dropped out of high school and soon found himself in trouble with the law. With so many obstacles in his way of finding a job, much less a career, Dwayne felt hopeless. But then his aunt told him about the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board's WIA Youth Program at the PAL Center.

"I went over and filled out the paperwork and my life changed when they accepted me into the program," Dwayne said.

Workforce Solution

Dwayne began attending life skills and job seeking workshops at the PAL Center as well as taking coursework to earn his GED. He also got a job at Game Stop and received assistance so he could support his young daughter.

"Going to the PAL Center on a daily basis made feel better about myself," he said. "I felt excited about going to school again. My career specialist, Mr. Balli, and teachers helped me to see that I had a chance to make something of myself and be the provider I wanted to be to my daughter."

One of the highlights of the WIA Youth Program was his participation in the Roadtrip Nation project. Dwayne interviewed San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

Outcomes & Benefits

"People who know me will tell you that I've completely changed as a person," he said. "The old me never would have imagined I would have a conversation with someone as important as Supervisor Gonzales."

Dwayne earned his GED and is now enrolled at San Bernardino Valley College where he will start classes in June 2012. He plans to enter the growing game design field.

"I now hear people say to me, 'We're so proud of you.' I can't tell you how good that makes me feel," Dwayne said.

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