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Meet Austin

Workforce Challenge

Austin graduated from high school in Mancos, CO in 2013. He attended one year of college at San Juan College in Farmington, NM in the welding program, which is a two year program. After one year in the welding program he decided that welding was not what he wanted to do. Austin was now a 20-year-old father living with his girlfriend and child at the home of his girlfriend's mother. He had not had stable employment since 2013 and was applying for minimum wage paying jobs all over the local area.

Workforce Solution

In January 2015, Austin came into the workforce center inquiring about the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training program. After a lengthy conversation with Austin, it was determined that he was a good candidate for the CDL program. Both the Unemployment Insurance Pilot program and the Workforce Investment Act program assisted him with the cost of the CDL training and the supportive services needed to successfully complete his training. He completed his training through Crossfire, LLC/Centerpoint Fire & Safety in February 2015. He immediately began his job search looking on, the local newspaper, and other resources. He was determined to find work to help support his girlfriend and child even though his lack of experience and young age were barriers.

Outcomes & Benefits

In April 2015, Austin obtained permanent full-time employment with a beverage distributor as a truck driver. He was ecstatic to have found work and to be given the opportunity to drive for a local company. He is now working full-time, earning $15.86 an hour and enjoying the job. He is looking forward to saving enough money to be able to move his girlfriend and their daughter into a place of their own in the very near future. He is thankful for the workforce center's assistance as he would not have been able to afford the CDL training on his own.

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