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Meet Robin

Workforce Challenge

Robin Raper enjoyed his job at a furniture manufacturer, where he was a Lead for spotting and unloading trucks. He loved his job, but was laid off in August, 2008 as part of the economic downturn. Robin had a GED, but he needed more specific skills to earn a self-sufficient wage. He looked for local employment; there was none available. He felt his past experience with big trucks could be valuable to him as a truck driver, but he did not have the money to pay for the training.

Workforce Solution

While on unemployment, Robin came to the Tupelo WIN Job Center, where he was eligible for assistance with tuition. He enrolled at Itawamba Community College in the Commercial Truck Driving Program, where his hands-on experience helped him move quickly to the head of the class. He started training November 3, 2008, and completed training on November 21, 2008, with his Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

Outcomes & Benefits

A week prior to his graduation, Robin was hired by Plumrose in Tupelo, MS, to drive for them beginning at the same salary he had when he left his prior job. Once he had his Class A license, his salary increased to $0.22 per mile driven per week. Robin now has a skill that is recognized and in demand throughout the US. He has the opportunity to grow that skill into his own business should he later choose to do so. Robin says, "I am really thankful that WIA gave me the chance to get back on my feet."


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