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Corey Queen had dropped out of school when he was 16 years old because he had been told by teachers and administrators that he would not be successful in obtaining his high school diploma. However, Corey knew he needed a high school diploma in order to be competitive in the workforce; plus he had dreams of becoming an automobile mechanic in the future.

Workforce Solution

Fortunately, Corey knew about the Get REAL program that is a collaborative effort between DavidsonWorks and Davidson County Community College -- his sister had also completed her high school diploma at Get REAL. Corey was able to enroll in the alternative school and through more individualized attention, was able to enter directly into the GED program. While enrolled at Get REAL, Corey also participated in leadership opportunities and was elected to the Student Government Association. Corey worked intensively with the WIA counselor at Get REAL and together, they identified training institutes that offered Auto Mechanics. This helped Corey keep his focus on future goals while he was working on his GED.

Outcomes & Benefits

Corey enrolled in the GED program at Get REAL in January 2008 and completed his GED in November 2008. Through WIA, Corey was then able to enroll in the Automotive Systems Tech program at Davidson County Community College beginning in the Fall of 2009. Currently he has completed one year of the automotive program while he is working at a local auto repair shop. Corey's plans for the future have changed just a little in this process: instead of working as a mechanic, he wants to own the shop.

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