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Meet Paul

Workforce Challenge

Paul was long-term unemployed (more than six months without work), and he was having a hard time getting into machining. He was seeking machinist training, and hoping to secure on-the-job (OJT) training to help subsidize his wages.

Workforce Solution

Paul enrolled in the H-1B Technical Skills Training grant, a federal grant that pays for classroom training in the STEM/IT/Advanced Manufacturing industries. Paul enrolled in training through Front Range Community College (FRCC).

Outcomes & Benefits

While taking classes at Front Range, CU-Boulder expressed an interest in hiring Paul with the OJT option, but red tape prevented the partnership from happening. Once he completed his training at FRCC, CU-Boulder re-visited their interest in Paul. They decided to hire him on (without the OJT funding) as a full-time member of their machining department. Paul has been working there happily for two years!


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