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Meet Carl

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Workforce Challenge

After 17 years with the same company, Carl found himself unemployed due to a non-work related injury requiring shoulder surgery and a seven month recovery. Carl thought it would be no big deal to find a decent paying job with benefits. After all, he had over twenty years of manufacturing experience and nearly ten years working in construction, but while there were many jobs available, most were low paying, part-time jobs without benefits. Carl decided to pursue a new career.

Workforce Solution

Carl was surprised to find out how difficult becoming a truck driver could be, and truck driving school was more expensive than he thought, considering he had no income. He came to Michigan Works for help to pay for this training. Michelle worked one-on-one with Carl to determine eligibility and suitability for the Classroom Training program, while Talent Specialist Mary helped Carl update his resume, get his Pure Michigan Talent Connect profile together, perform online job searches and more. Michigan Works was able to assist Carl with training costs and expenses, support services, and follow-up. Thanks to Michigan Works, Carl was able to complete his CDL-A Training at Pinnacle Truck Driver Training School in Cadillac, MI.

Outcomes & Benefits

Although it was a 4-week class, it took Carl seven weeks to pass the state road test. He learned that there is much more than just jumping into the cab and turning the key. Within weeks, Carl received an offer from a company in Michigan to drive a semi over-the-road with a trainer and get paid a hundred dollars for each day he was out. Carl is now working at WDS Enterprises as a truck driver.

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