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Meet Tommy

Workforce Challenge

Tommy came to the WIA program as an 18-year-old youth with a disability and no previous work experience. He aspired to be the head chef of a restaurant someday, but was unclear on what actions to take to get his foot in the door.

Workforce Solution

Shortly after entering the WIA Youth Program, Tommy enrolled in and completed the Hospitality Academy earning his ServSafe certification, Guest Service Professional certification and Restaurant Server certification. Through the Hospitality Academy, Tommy was able to complete a two-week, paid work experience at the Hyatt Downtown.

Outcomes & Benefits

Tommy was hired onto the Hyatt staff as a Prep Chef shortly after completing his work experience. He is finally earning money and really enjoys his job.


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