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High Country Workforce Development Board


Meet Steven

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Workforce Challenge

Steven Scharf was raised by a single parent until the age of 10, when his mom remarried. In November 2008, Steven's mom was laid off from her job. Since his stepdad was disabled, Steven worked part-time while in high school to support the family. Due to financial necessity, Steven continued to work after high school graduation instead of attending college. Then in 2009 Steven was laid off from his job after working for a year and a half as an electrician's apprentice.

Workforce Solution

Steven decided to go to school to study criminal justice with his main career goal to become a NC Highway Patrolman. In 2009 at age 19, Steven enrolled in the WIA Youth Program through Mayland Community College and began working toward his associate degree in criminal justice and completing the Basic EMT Certification. The WIA Youth Program provided support as well as tuition assistance to Steven as he has worked toward his degree.

Outcomes & Benefits

As a result of Steven's hard work, he applied to the NC Highway Patrol Academy and was accepted in 2010. Although he was injured while attending the academy and had to leave, he is more motivated now than ever to complete his associate's degree in criminal justice, reapply to the NC Highway Patrol Academy, as well as eventually obtain his bachelor's degree in criminal justice.


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