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Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Meet Jason

Workforce Challenge

When he was 17, Jason was homeless and was staying at Urban Peak, an emergency shelter and temporary housing facility for homeless youth in the Pikes peak region. While at Urban Peak, he was working part-time at a fast food restaurant, but wanted to find full-time employment and was seeking a career path that would allow him to grow and be self -sufficient. One major barrier for Jason in finding full-time employment was his lack of experience Jason’ s dream was to be a school bus driver.

Workforce Solution

Several years later, Jason was referred to the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. He was enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program and participated in the “Bring Your A Game” workshop. This workshop teaches work readiness skills. The WIA program enabled Jason to attend the US Truck Driving School. The WIA program paid for Jason’s training and also helped him with transportation expenses.

Outcomes & Benefits

After earning his CDL license, Jason was hired by Colorado Springs School District 20 as a school bus driver. Jason is thankful for the help he received through WIA. His future is definitely looking brighter!

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