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Meet James

Workforce Challenge

Due to federal budget cuts, James was laid off from Jet Propulsion Laboratories in June 2011. His job skills were not in demand and he was having trouble finding employment.

Workforce Solution

At a Foothill WIB orientation session, James learned that he qualified for job training through the Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership. Working with a Case Manager, James decided to seek training in the landscaping field. James went to the UCLA Extension Horticulture and Gardening course. He began his course in April 2012 and finished with Distinction in June 2013.

Outcomes & Benefits

James decided that rather than work as an employee for someone else, he would start his own business. By August 2013, James had registered and received his Employer ID number. He is now the proud owner of Creative Landscape Solutions, LLC. James currently earns an average of $20 per hour.

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