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Workforce Development Board - San Bernardino County


Meet Miles

Workforce Challenge

After his parents' abrupt divorce, Miles was without a father figure and looked to older men in the neighborhood for guidance. Soon, he was dealing and using drugs. Then, he himself became a father. He tried to support his baby boy on the streets where he could make a quick buck. However, eventually, Miles was incarcerated on a misdemeanor drug charge and then, released on probation.

Workforce Solution

Upon release, Miles was directed to the Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Center, where he received work readiness training, a boost in self-confidence and a positive vision for the future. Miles started vocational construction training in three areas.

Outcomes & Benefits

Once he completes the program, he will receive certifications in each area. Miles will also be obtaining a forklift license and experience in warehousing. He is an acting ambassador for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth program through the PAL center. Miles eagerly recruits young men like himself who desire to leave their pasts behind and forge ahead in a positive, productive manner. He says, "I am now a better person, and I am more determined to succeed. The WIOA program helped me feel good about myself, and I know that I can be a good worker and father if given the chance."


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