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Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

Meet Mike

Workforce Challenge

After ten years at the same organization, Mike found himself unemployed. He had an undergraduate degree in Information Systems, but had let his technical skills lapse over the past five to six years.

Workforce Solution

Mike was enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program at Arapahoe/Douglas Works! and met with a workforce specialist who navigated him through the program. Mike stated,"I was very impressed with the level of governance and protocol needed to secure the funding. It is clear that A/D Works! is not just giving the money away. I had to earn it! Industry research, testing, interviews, employment outlooks...I had to do it all." After the research, Mike secured training dollars to help him upgrade his skills in IT.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mike attended training for Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as a self-study program in Agile and other IT domains. The very month he successfully obtained certifications for ITIL and PMP, Mike started a job at Compassion International as an IT Strategic Business Partner with an 18% increase in salary over his previous job!

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