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Overcoming Obstacles

Workforce Challenge

Ms. J, a single parent with a 14 year old son, was referred to JobNet by her welfare case worker. She was very eager to get started in her job search but she had an extensive criminal history on her Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record (CORI). She learned from our workshop for customers with CORIs that this would limit her access to certain occupations in which she had a particular interest. She became frustrated and discouraged, and she thought she would never find a job.

Workforce Solution

Career center staff suggested that Ms. J consider a career where her history would not restrict her employment options. After assessing the range of her interests and skills, staff from the training team specifically recommended "Women in the Building Trades." The career center made the referral and she attended an orientation. She became interested and enthused about the possibilities for her in this “non-traditional” role. She completed the training successfully and became interested in getting a job in the construction industry.

Outcomes & Benefits

Ms. J became an apprentice through a local union and soon after started working as a roofer earning $15.00 per hour. She came back to JobNet and told us that she was so thankful she was able to land a job in that field and really appreciated JobNet’s help and support. She was especially proud that she could now be a stronger role model for her son.

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