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Eastern Workforce Investment Board

Meet Jason

Workforce Challenge

Jason George was a teacher from New Orleans, LA, who lost everything he owned during Hurricane Katrina. His home in Saint Bernard's Parish in the Ninth Ward was destroyed by the flood waters and the school he taught at was also destroyed by the flooding. Jason and his family evacuated to Fort Gibson, OK. "To sum it up, we arrived in Oklahoma unemployed and homeless," he says. "When we returned home [to Louisiana] at Thanksgiving, our worst fears were confirmed. We had lost everything."

Workforce Solution

The Workforce Oklahoma center in Muskogee, OK was leading the way in the State of Oklahoma in helping hurricane evacuees. The staff assisted evacuees in obtaining drivers' licenses, IDs, birth certificates, and other documents necessary to find employment that were lost in the hurricane. Jason received interview clothing, counseling, supportive services, job placement services and job advancement and retention services.

Two weeks after Jason enrolled in the WIA programs, he was hired as a case manager to assist Hurricane Katrina evacuees. "I was able to provide help to others who were struggling with the same issues I had to deal with. In some ways, this lifted my spirits and took my mind off things in New Orleans."

Outcomes & Benefits

Jason currently works for the Eastern Workforce Investment Board as a WorkKeys (work readiness assessment) profiler and a Youth Program Coordinator. He says: "Without the information and employment provided through Workforce Oklahoma, the road to recovery would have been long and hard. My family will be forever grateful to the people of Oklahoma and the Workforce Investment Act staff for helping us get our lives back."

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