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Meet Carlos

Workforce Challenge

Carlos Avila enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Employment Program at Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE). He had not completed his high school diploma and needed to brush up his basic academic skills in both reading and mathematics, as he had been out of school for some time.

Workforce Solution

Carlos enrolled in the high school diploma program at VACE, and received tutoring in mathematics. He attained his high school diploma in less than nine months and served as the commencement speaker at the VACE graduation ceremonies. After graduation Carlos was enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician training program at The Technology Development Center (TDC), a program he would not have been able to participate in were it not for assistance from WIA. The Youth Employment Program also assisted Carlos with supportive services for transportation, and covered the costs of obtaining his Pharmacy Technician license.

Outcomes & Benefits

Carlos obtained his Pharmacy Technician certificate and license from the State of California and worked with the WIA program career employment specialist at VACE to find a part time on-call position at Ojai Village Pharmacy. After additional support through career services, Carlos was hired as a pharmacy technician in a new full time job. The future for Carlos includes college, working toward the longtime dream of becoming a pharmacist, and eventually owning his own pharmacy.


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