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Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Meet Daniel

Workforce Challenge

Daniel, 20, lived in rural El Paso County and was from a large family with limited funds for education. Although he had his GED, Daniel suffered from social anxiety and lacked self-confidence. He said, “I was afraid of the whole notion of looking for work and even work itself. It all seemed very daunting.” Living in a rural area was a major barrier to his success.

Workforce Solution

Daniel’s therapist connected him with the PPWFC and the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt (GSJH) program. The GSJH coordinator recognized that Daniel was a good candidate for the WIA program. After enrolling in WIA, Daniel learned how to write a resume, participated in the "Bring Your A Game" workshop and the Learn to Lead program, which teaches leadership skills. Daniel then enrolled in the Youth Opportunity Internship program and used his problem solving skills to find temporary housing with a friend so that he could participate. Through the internship program, Daniel said, “I was able to confront and make progress in overcoming my anxiety.” He was also able to pay money to rent a place in Colorado Springs, close to his internship.

Outcomes & Benefits

The internship site is doing back flips over Daniel’s work. He found a way to upload some software updates by working with the software vendor, solving a nagging problem for the employer. Then he found quality errors in a number of guidance documents that no one else in the engineering department had detected. He was given a special recognition bonus as a result! Daniel’s self-confidence has improved, and he is now exploring career options including attending the local community college.

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