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Workforce Development Board - San Bernardino County

Meet Nicholas

Workforce Challenge

As hard as he tried, Nicholas was unable to find a job. In his despair, he turned to drugs and soon, became incarcerated. Upon release, he was sober for a short while before turning back to drugs. With no job, skills or direction, the cycle of drugs seemed never ending.

Workforce Solution

After his girlfriend asked him to shape up or ship out, Nicholas attended the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program orientation at the Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Center. He enrolled in the Construction Trainee program and received work readiness training, including interview skills, resume preparation and soft skills training.

Outcomes & Benefits

Once he completes the program, Nicholas will receive three certificates in the construction field and a forklift license. He is also a WIOA program ambassador and eager to help young men like himself change their lives for the better. He says, "I think that this program may have saved my life. I am motivated and for the first time in my life, I am filled with hope."

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