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Denver OED

Meet Juan

Workforce Challenge

Juan came into the Denver Workforce Center looking for help in obtaining a stable job. He was wondering if the workforce center had a program to help felons find employment. In his words: "Yes, I made mistakes when I was young... but now I have a young one, and it's hard for me to find work. I need help!"

Workforce Solution

From Richard at the Denver WFC: "I talked with Juan, and he is scheduled to come to the workforce center so we can discuss his employment situation. I had a discussion with his probation officer after Juan and I talked, and she is excited that he has finally reached out to the workforce center for employment assistance. I also had a conversation with my colleague who works in the Denver Office of Economic Development youth program, Workforce Success, and she works with several employers that hire felons. She is willing to talk with Juan after we meet. I informed her that Juan and I will go through his Connecting Colorado profile and update his information, then I will offer him workshops to get the skills he is lacking to be more competitive in the labor force."

Outcomes & Benefits

Richard reports: "Juan recently obtained full-time employment with a metal recycling company, within two months of coming in to the workforce center. He came by my office on in June 2013 to speak with me directly about his employment and request for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) assistance. Juan is making $8.00/hour and is satisfied with his employment (it is better than receiving TANF), but he also wants to get some WIA assistance to help him obtain a fork-lift license so he can increase his pay with his current employer."

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