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Fort Morgan Workforce Center

Meet Henry

Workforce Challenge

The Fort Morgan Workforce Center with partner programs at the Department of Vocation Rehabilitation and the School to Work Alliance Program started working with Henry in the fall of 2013. At the time, Henry was a senior in high school and wasn’t sure if he was going to graduate on time. He was struggling with planning for the future and gaining confidence and independence. Through vocational counseling and guidance, Henry was able to graduate from high school and found interest in working at a local grocery store.

Workforce Solution

Through support and continued encouragement, Henry was able to be accepted in the Workforce Investment Act work experience program through the Fort Morgan Workforce Center. Henry’s payroll funds came through the workforce program so the employer could have an opportunity to provide the experience and watch the growth of the potential employee without the financial pressure. The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Fort Morgan Workforce Center supported Henry in providing the necessary work clothes and shoes. The School to Work Alliance Program placed Henry in an entry level position at Edward's Market with continued coaching of the necessary job skills. Henry successfully completed many hard hours in training and learned the skills necessary. He showed commitment to the store and devotion to their customers. Angie, general manager, and the team at Edward’s Market had the vision and patience to understand their role in changing Henry’s life.

Outcomes & Benefits

Henry met the challenges and made important choices to change his future. Together with the partnering agencies, Edward’s Market, and the young adult, the Fort Morgan Workforce Center had a program success. At the end of the scheduled work experience, the employer had to make a decision whether to hire Henry or to end the relationship. There were some issues through the course of the work experience that made the decision of direct employment questionable, but as the employer reviewed Henry’s qualities and the obstacles he had overcome, Angie, Edward’s Market general manager, hired Henry as a permanent part-time employee.

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