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Eastern Workforce Investment Board

Meet Shelby

Workforce Challenge

The Workforce Oklahoma system helps to match skilled workers to available jobs. Just as importantly, the system helps workers to develop their skills through education and training. Shelby Noel was a single man who had graduated high school, had a few college hours, and was working as a hired laborer. "I was living with my parents and taking time off from school," Shelby explained. He heard about Workforce Oklahoma from a friend.

Workforce Solution

With assistance from Workforce Oklahoma, Shelby was able to complete a degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. The WIA program helped Shelby pay for his tuition, fees and books. Additionally, his Workforce case manager helped Shelby prepare for job interviews and provided important moral support and encouragement.

Outcomes & Benefits

Shelby says, "I've gained confidence being the first in my family to complete college, which in turn has instilled confidence and pride throughout my family and encouraged others to strive for an education. I've obtained and held a great job for several years now and bought a house." Shelby continues to work as a Gaming Inspector.

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