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DESI/Workforce Oklahoma

Meet Nathan

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Workforce Challenge

Nathan had had many dead-end jobs that were never stable, so he decided to explore the possibilities of furthering his education. He visited DESI/Workforce Oklahoma for guidance.

Workforce Solution

A visit with a friend who was working in the truck driving industry piqued Nathan's interest in that occupation; however, a career assessment and consultation with his Career Manager showed an interest in heavy equipment operation. Nathan attended Oklahoma College of Construction in Oklahoma City where he studied Crane Operation. His room and board were provided by Workforce Investment Act funding. Nathan shares, “My experience with the WIA program through Workforce Oklahoma was totally amazing. I had an amazing case worker to help guide me through the process step by step. In my opinion, she went above and beyond to get me where I needed to be and help kick start my life back on the right track."

Outcomes & Benefits

After graduation, the school assisted Nathan in finding employment as a Crane Operator "making more money than he ever dreamed": $25.25 per hour. Nathan credits his case manager and Workforce Oklahoma with giving him the financial resources and opportunity to create a future for himself.

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