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Frisco Workforce Center

Meet Camen

Workforce Challenge

A recently separated veteran with a 30% disability rating came to the Frisco Workforce Center after an end-of-season layoff at a hotel. Camen started working with the Frisco WFC Youth Career Coach, who provided vocational guidance. Beginning the summer 2015, Camen found a job with a local tree service company. In July 2016, staff of the Frisco WFC began working with Camen when he left this job due to an on-the-job injury. Camen had an interest in working wildfire mitigation.

Workforce Solution

Camen applied to the Wildland Fire Fighting training program in Durango, in the Veterans Fire Corps. Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) is a collaborative initiative that builds upon the knowledge, leadership experience and training of men and women who served in the armed forces, retraining them and refocusing their mission to protecting our public lands from the threat of wildfire. The model, a three tiered Firefighter Leadership Development Program, focuses on providing incrementally more challenging experiences for program participants. The curriculum and training is broken into incrementally more challenging work and training environments.

Outcomes & Benefits

In August 2016, Camen came in to the Frisco WFC and informed us that he had been accepted to the VFC and faxed his acceptance and required paperwork to the VFC from the Workforce Center. He relocated to Durango, CO, and commenced training with the VFC later that month.

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