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CDLE - Southeast Workforce Center

Meet Megan

Workforce Challenge

Megan is a 21-year-old single parent with two small children. She had a high school diploma, but limited work experience or job skills.

Workforce Solution

Although Megan does not have a criminal record, she was involved in a rocky relationship with someone who was well-known to the local police. Her case manager co-enrolled Megan in the WIOA Youth and Adult programs, and approached the local police department to set up a paid work experience for her. They were originally reluctant to consider this because of who her boyfriend was and how she presented herself, but after setting ground rules and talking with her for about 30 minutes, they agreed to the work experience.

Outcomes & Benefits

Megan proved to be a good worker who learned quickly. At the end of the work experience, the police indicated that they would like to hire her, but could not afford to do so until after the first of the year. Megan’s case manager worked with County Human Services to co-enroll her in one of their programs so they could subsidize her wages through the end of the year. Megan will become a permanent employee in January 2016 and begin training to work in the police evidence room.

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