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Meet Stephen

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Workforce Challenge

Stephen faced a succession of job layoffs and personal tragedies that threatened his livelihood and self-esteem. Stephen endured three separate layoffs before realizing that he needed to upgrade his skills to make himself more marketable to employers.

Workforce Solution

Workforce Solutions Capital Area provided tuition, transportation, and motivation so that Stephen could get the training he needed to change careers. Stephen credits his Workforce Investment Act (WIA) case manager for helping him through the transition. He mentions how difficult it can be to go back to school when you are in your 50s, and how his sense of self-worth was shattered from the frequent layoffs. Workforce Solutions staff worked with him on a regular basis to offer their support and encouragement.

Outcomes & Benefits

Stephen finished the training and was soon in the enviable position of choosing between several job offers. He now works as at IT Specialist at a local healthcare company. He credits Workforce Solutions for it all: "I literally owe WIA for giving me back my life. It is a debt too big to be counted, a debt I could never fully repay," he says.

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