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Meet Erik

Workforce Challenge

Erik's lack of work experience and education and his criminal history were a hindrance to him finding a rewarding job. program.
He came to the Workforce Investment Board looking for assistance in overcoming this issues.

Workforce Solution

Erik spent many hours at the job center reviewing available positions, but realized he needed his GED to move forward. He also needed glasses in order to see better while taking classes to prepare for the test. The youth program paid for the GED and provided funds to purchase glasses plus an interview outfit. The program also offered him a paid externship at a restaurant while he studied for the GED. Erik needed an employer who would take a chance on him.

Outcomes & Benefits

After a few months, Erik used the training received through his externship to get a job at another, neighboring restaurant. He also took the GED, and is now employed. Erik says, "I have overcome many life issues & barriers that I perceived were stopping me from completing my goals. The One-stop provides a positive environment for individuals seeking to better their chances at having a career."

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