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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board


Meet Steve

Workforce Challenge

After a 20-year career at local police department, Steve was forced to take an early retirement due to medical reasons. He wanted to find another job to supplement his retirement and give him something fulfilling with which he could spend his time. He decided to visit the local Employment Resource Center (ERC) to learn about his options.

Workforce Solution

After discussing ideas with the advisors at the ERC, Steve decided to attend the Security Officers Training Academy (SOTA), where he began working towards an armed security guard certification. WIA funding paid for his tuition.

Outcomes & Benefits

The training was a perfect match for Steve. Before even completing his training, SOTA offered him a position teaching the classes he was attending. He took that job, earning $15 an hour. Steve met his goal of fulfilling employment and supplementing his retirement income. Congratulations, Steve!


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