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Capital Area Workforce Development Board

Meet Scott

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Workforce Challenge

Scott had worked in the construction industry as a drywall installer for 13 years until a slowdown in the housing market put him out of a job. A father of three, Scott was unemployed for 18 months before he read about the JobsNOW program offered through the Capital Area Workforce Investment Board. Scott wanted a new career and one less likely to suffer with every rise and fall of the economy.

Workforce Solution

The Capital Area Workforce Development Board contracted with Educational Data Systems, Inc. to help job seekers identify available JobsNow college classes in their local area, enroll in the classes, and pay for the classes. This contract was funded with WIA and ARRA dollars. Scott signed up for the JobsNOW Program offered at Wake Technical Community College, to study HVAC.

Outcomes & Benefits

After completing his training in HVAC and receiving his state certification in EPA Refrigeration, Scott was began working as an apprentice at John E. Green, Inc., where he gained further skills in HVAC, plumbing, pipe-fitting, and welding. This opportunity was created through a work experience program also run by Educational Data Systems Inc. “The JobsNOW program made all the difference to me. It was a great opportunity and I would recommend it to anyone," said Scott.

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