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Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Meet Mark

Workforce Challenge

Mark visited the workforce center to get assistance with re-entering the job market. He was skilled as a dog trainer, but he was unable to find available positions in the field. He lacked other marketable skills and had been living in his truck parked outside his mother’s house. At one point, Mark sold his truck to have money for truck driving school.

Workforce Solution

Mark was determined to find work, and he excelled at self-promotion. Before contacting the workforce center, he had already communicated with several truck driving schools, hoping to make arrangements for a training loan. Center staff quickly recognized his tenaciousness and willingness to work hard to find a job. Mark was enrolled in the WIA Adult program, which paid for truck driving school and his license. He constantly kept in touch with his case manager and sought her guidance. Although he had several setbacks, he was not deterred and maintained a positive attitude.

Outcomes & Benefits

After obtaining his license, Mark was quickly hired by Carolina Cargo. Soon, he was made the lead driver and now, he is driving across the country. His new employer believes in giving people a second chance, and Mark is making the most of this opportunity. He recently emailed his case manager and wrote, "I have self respect and dignity again. Something I forgot even existed."

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