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Nebraska Department of Labor

Meet Bill

Workforce Challenge

Bill was laid-off from Goodyear/Veyance after 41 years of employment. At age 62, he was not ready to retire and dreamed of owning his own business.

Workforce Solution

After completing the WIA assessment, Bill decided that he wanted to open an appliance repair business in the small Saunders County town where he lived. The town’s only appliance repair shop had closed several years ago and he knew there was a market for in-home appliance service. Bill was approved by the Trade program and was co-enrolled in Dislocated Worker and TAA. He began the new Major Appliance Repair program at Southeast Community College in Milford on July 14, 2008 and graduated in 2009.

Outcomes & Benefits

After graduation, Bill opened his business and it is a huge success. He has more customers than he ever imagined and credits the Lincoln One-Stop Employment Solutions Office for helping him reach his goal.

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