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Meet Lionel

Workforce Challenge

In August 2010, Lionel Land asked about assistance for truck driving. He had worked for the school system as an In-School Suspension Director for over two years. He enjoyed being in education, but in May 2010, he was laid off due to budget cuts. During his layoff, he and his wife (also a jobseeker) received Unemployment Insurance benefits that rarely met their family’s needs. With three children to support, he knew he needed to make a change. He researched truck driving and its requirements, believing that it was a possible career for him. He discussed the career move with his wife who told him to go for it.

Workforce Solution

He narrowed down places to train and chose Itawamba Community College (ICC). He met all of the requirements to apply for admissions to the truck driving program and was introduced to a WIA Case Manager. Lionel completed all of the necessary paperwork for WIA assistance and was approved for funding. He received a portion of funding from ICC’s WIA Department as well as another agency. This allowed him to pursue his goal with little or no money out of his pocket.

Outcomes & Benefits

By the end of Lionel’s training, he had a job offer with Watkins & Sheppard Trucking. Lionel finished training in September and began work on the 27th. On his last day of training, Lionel thanked staff for the funding assistance he received from ICC’s WIA Department. I told him that it’s our job to help ease financial burdens so goals can be reached and to help people be successful. For Lionel, as for so many others, WIA is a great and much needed resource that helps pave the way to one’s dream.


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