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Workforce Development Board - San Bernardino County

Meet Mario

Workforce Challenge

Mario was frustrated and having problems in high school due to anger and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He was referred to John Muir Charter School, which is run by Operation New Hope and funded by the Workforce Development Board.

Workforce Solution

There, Mario expressed an interest in cooking and was provided with tools to help follow his dream of becoming a chef. He received assistance to obtain his food handler’s card, took tours of local businesses offering food services and explored culinary arts schools. In addition to these opportunities, Mario was also provided with mental health support and counseling.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mario's hard work and enthusiasm paid off. He was hired part-time by Viva La Vegan, where he has developed a new and improved recipe for vegan horchata. He says, “I am now hopeful and confident about my future. The Workforce Development Board has helped me to realize my goals, and that I have the skills to become a great chef. Thank you.”

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