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Driven to Success

Workforce Challenge

"R" was only 15 in the spring of 2010 when he came into Job Connection Amador to wait while his mother, a client, completed some paperwork. While there, a job counselor engaged him in conversation and learned that he was "teaching" IT at his High School. Obviously, he was a bright young man, and the counselor wondered if he might be interested in youth employment or other programs.

Workforce Solution

Elevate America was a voucher program administered through One-Stops nationwide in partnership with Microsoft Corporation. The program provided e-learning vouchers to obtain IT certifications through online learning. This young man was extremely interested and motivated: he was able to use 19 vouchers over the summer! He contacted Job Connection Amador again when he learned that if he completed the CompTIA+ certification (an IT industry standard certification for computer support technicians) by December 31, the certification would be valid for his lifetime. (After that date new certifications would have to be renewed every 3 years.)

After further qualification, R was enrolled in the youth program, where he received assistance to pay for the testing and practice exams for CompTIA+ certification. Again showing his motivation, he worked very hard, studying for the exam in a limited amount of time. In December, he took the exam in Sacramento and passed with flying colors: his lowest score was 93!

Outcomes & Benefits

He is now 16 years old and now has an industry-recognized certification that will qualify him for IT jobs as he goes to college. He plans to attend classes at Sacramento City College while he finishes high school so that he will receive an associates degree at the same time he graduates from high school.

R's counselor shared, "I feel privileged to have had this young fellow be my first experience with the youth program. His success is a GREAT conclusion for my year 2010."


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