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Workforce Development Dept., Co. of San Bernardino

Meet Justin

Workforce Challenge

Justin grew up in an abusive home and turned to a life on the street to cope with the violence. In his mid-teens, Justin was placed in a foster care group home. There, Justin decided he wanted a better future, but he wasn't sure what his next steps should be.

Workforce Solution

He graduated early from high school and with encouragement from his caseworker, he enrolled at Colton, Redlands, Yucaipa ROP, a skills training program for youth supported by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board. At CRY-ROP, Justin was encouraged to apply for the Pharmacy Technician training program and was accepted. Through funding from the Workforce Investment Board, Justin received technical career training, textbooks, uniforms, transportation vouchers and paid work experience at a local pharmacy.

Outcomes & Benefits

Justin’s paid internship led to a permanent job offer at the pharmacy. He is currently working in the company’s retail division until he turns 18 and can be transferred to the pharmacy.

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