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Lumber River Workforce Development Board

Meet Sandra

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Workforce Challenge

During an initial interview, Sandra shared the challenges of being a single mom raising a high school football star with her case manager, Robert. “He eats a lot,” said the proud mom. Even after earning a college degree, Sandra did not have enough leverage to win a job in a local economy that is struggling with unemployment rates beyond 16%. Sandra had applied for so many jobs and companies, she had lost count.

Workforce Solution

The first step in Sandra’s journey with her case manager was to conduct an inventory of her skills, talents, and identify her passion. From this first meeting, Sandra and Robert created an Individual Service Strategy Plan, road mapping a realistic path for a new career in the renewable energy construction field. It became evident that staying outdoors, close to nature, is where Sandra was called to be. Along with other students, Sandra completed a Human Resource Development course. She polished her resume and interviewing skills, learned basic solar terms and applications, completed multiple assessments (including the Career Readiness Certificate/WorkKeys), and built lasting personal and professional bonds within the industry.

Outcomes & Benefits

Sandra was hired as an entry-level Array Builder. Today, Sandra has completed her 400-hour on-the-job training plan, learning invaluable skills as a commercial solar installer. In addition to having been promoted from installer to assistant crew lead installer, Sandra was selected above all other hires to manage the site’s tool room. With her new responsibilities, she earned a 25% raise above her initial wage. With more local solar projects on the books, Sandra's future is looking bright!

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