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Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County

Meet Randy

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Randy Owens was previously employed as a senior IT manager but his job was outsourced overseas. It was his fourth layoff in 10 years. At age 55, Randy decided it was time for to go back to school and receive training in a new career field that had always interested him: medicine.

Workforce Solution

The day Randy was laid off from his job he drove to the Simi Valley Adult Education Center and enrolled in its one-year Surgical Technologist Training program. He didn't get discouraged when he learned he was the oldest student in the program. He completed his training, graduating first in his class, in September 2010. Training included a four-month, hands-on internship at Simi Valley Hospital. Randy had also enrolled in WIA program services, so he was able to collect unemployment while attending class because the program is approved by the California Training Benefits program. The program helps unemployed individuals get training for jobs in high-demand fields.

Outcomes & Benefits

After completing training, Randy was immediately hired as a Surgical Technician by Simi Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Simi Valley. His training enables him to help doctors in a surgical setting. Randy isn't finished with his education or his dreams. He is taking prerequisite courses at Moorpark College that will prepare him for his next career in medicine, as a physician’s assistant. He has already submitted his application to several schools for enrollment in their two-year training program.

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