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Meet Bobby

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Workforce Challenge

After two years of employment, Bobby Mounts lost his job at a cabinetry manufacturer when his position was eliminated. After learning about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) from a friend, Bobby saw an opportunity to make a life-long dream of an employment transition a reality. Bobby was a hard worker, but had felt trapped in unstable fields of employment that were not satisfying to him.

Workforce Solution

When Bobby first visited the Randolph County JobLink Career Center, he was drawing unemployment insurance and was struggling to keep his family financially afloat. Bobby met regularly with staff to review job vacancies and postings, and worked towards improving his resume, refining his interview techniques, and developing a job search strategy.

Although he had not attended school in over 25 years, he was excited about the possibility of re-training as an Electrician's Assistant through Randolph Community College in hopes of obtaining his Certification and employment in the field. He received funding through WIA to pay for the tuition. Bobby's grandfather had been an electrician, and "could fix anything" even though he had very little formal training. These memories motivated Bobby as he started his coursework.

Upon completion of educational retraining and a WIA-sponsored work experience, Bobby transitioned to full-time employment with the Regional Consolidated Services Weatherization program on March 2, 2010.

Outcomes & Benefits

Bobby serves as a Weatherization Technician and makes $16.00 per hour. His new employer paid for Bobby to obtain a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Certification as well. Once frightened by the thought of continuing his education, he now views higher learning as a path to success. Today you can find Bobby serving Randolph, Forsyth, Guilford, Davidson and Rockingham counties, helping income-eligible participants' homes to become more energy efficient, and reducing the costs associated with heating and cooling.

Bobby’s supervisor, Mark Louris at RCS/Weatherization stated “Bobby’s work ethic has been exemplary.” Bobby leads others on the job site with the knowledge and understanding that he has acquired through his experience. In addition, Bobby received the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Development.

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