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Upper Arkansas Workforce Region - Canon City

Meet James

Workforce Challenge

James and his family moved to Colorado in hopes of finding work. Until recently, the family had been living in Pennsylvania where the job market was very bleak. There were few jobs and very little chance of finding one. James, his wife and three young boys loaded into their battered mini-van and headed to Colorado in hopes of finding work. They chose Cañon City, Colorado because it looked like a nice place on the map.
While staying at the Best Western Motel, James had the luck to engage in a conversation with the motel manager who had hired employees through the Cañon City Workforce Center. The manager told James about the types of jobs available through the Cañon City office. James and his entire family arrived at the Center, occupying the Resource Center en masse. The three young boys were extremely well behaved as James began the job search in his new home city.

Workforce Solution

The Cañon City Workforce Center staff took an extraordinary amount of time providing James with job search resources as well as a hot lead for a a wind energy company seeking welders to begin work right away. James passed the strenuous testing regimen and was cleared for an interview.

Outcomes & Benefits

James started his new job at Vestas Towers in Pueblo, Colorado as a welder making $17.00 per hour. His bold move to uproot his family from Pennsylvania to move to Cañon City, Colorado was successful. The help from center staff and the successful collaboration between the Upper Arkansas and Pueblo Regions resulted in fast-tracked employment for James.

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