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Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network

Meet Darnell

Workforce Challenge

In this difficult economy, Darnell Wiley found himself unemployed. He needed additional skills to re-join the workforce.

Workforce Solution

Thanks to the Welding Cohort offered by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, Darnell received his American Welding Society 3G and 4G Welding Certification. The Welding Cohort is a training program that provides the necessary skills to seek full-time employment in this specialized field. The funding for this training came 100% from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Once Darnell was certified he engaged in an aggressive job search with a specialist from the Pacific Gateway Network. “When somebody has the training, skills, and qualifications that Darnell does, it’s only a matter of time before the dream of employment becomes reality,” said Lucius Martin, a Business Solutions Representative with the Pacific Gateway.

Outcomes & Benefits

Working with Mr. Martin, Darnell was able to find employment with United Dust Collectors. Darnell was hired to weld frames together under a military contract and will earn $18.00/hour.

“Without the training and certification, I would not have been able to enter such a specialized field,” said Darnell, who added, “But now I have some financial security and I really feel like I’m making a contribution to the community and to my family.”

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