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Adams County Workforce and Business Center

Meet Ruben

Workforce Challenge

Ruben was a young man who had a felony conviction, which was a large barrier to employment for him. He was working at McDonald's and had $26,000 of restitution to repay. He had also been out of the workforce in jail for several years. Ruben wanted to enter a career in software development. He had heard about a pre-apprenticeship opportunity, but the cost was $5000, more than he could afford.

Workforce Solution

Ruben enrolled in the Adams County Workforce and Business Center WIOA Youth Succeed program. The program paid for the pre-apprenticeship at Techtonic Group, LLC, in software development. His case manager provided transportation to get to the training and vocational guidance when he asked for advice about approaching employers concerning his background. He was selected through a competitive process and became an apprentice in Techonic Group's registered apprenticeship program. When his truck unexpectedly broke down, WIOA funds helped him repair it so he could continue his apprenticeship and with gas cards to get to work. The program is also helping with an eye exam and glasses since he has not been covered under insurance while an apprentice.

Outcomes & Benefits

Ruben's hard work and continual studying and mastery of skills outside of work helped him successfully complete his apprenticeship. He now has a credential and is employed as a regular employee at Techtonic Group as a software developer with a much higher salary than his previous job at McDonald's. Despite his barriers to employment, he is set up in a successful career path and has resources for the future.

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