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Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.

Meet Charles

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Workforce Challenge

Charles had a work history full of low level, low paying positions with limited opportunity for advancement. When he got laid off from his last job as a temporary laborer he decided he needed to make something happen in his life for the sake of his family’s future.

Charles had not finished high school and needed both his GED and assistance in identifying a trade career that would keep his interest and help him provide for his family. He came to the PA CareerLink Westmoreland and met with an Employment Specialist.

Workforce Solution

Using funding from CareerLink, Charles enrolled at the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc. to obtain his GED. He worked very hard, excelled his classes, and was even invited to be a speaker at graduation. He continued to work with PA CareerLink to complete assessments and labor market research that were used to set his career goals and determine his plan for employment. Charles chose a Diesel Mechanics program offered through Wyotech and was enrolled in the course using an Individual Training Account, which is grant funding designed to help people get the skills they need to compete in today’s workforce. CareerLink funding along with student loans and other grants paved the way for Charles to start at Wyotech in December, 2009 in the Diesel Mechanic and Management Program.

As with all that he has done, Charles brought great enthusiasm and commitment to his plan for a brighter future. He credited his success to his father’s “tough love” as well as the support of his wife and family. He also credits the Private Industry Council, and PA CareerLink Westmoreland for helping him determine the best career path and coaching his progress through the many steps and challenges. He excelled in his program at Wyotech and even took a leadership role in many of his classes.

Outcomes & Benefits

Upon his graduation from Wyotech, the Account Representative at PA CareerLink Westmoreland connected Charles with Forsythe Transportation, a local employer that needed a mechanic. Charles interviewed and enjoyed the first interview he ever had where he had the perfect set of skills for the job he wanted. He accepted the position and began his new career shortly after graduation. He is employed at Forsythe Transportation as a Mechanic and works on vehicles that are owned and used by Westmoreland Transit to provide bus service throughout the County. Charles is very excited to have a job close to home making more money than he has ever made. According to Forsythe Transportation as Charles gains experience his salary will increase.

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