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Linn Benton Lincoln Workforce Investment Board

Meet Sopear

Workforce Challenge

After working as an engineer at a technology company for fourteen years, Sopear was laid off as part of the company’s work force reduction efforts. He started working with Community Services Consortium’s (CSC) Workforce & Education Department in August, 2009. Initially he received services designed to coordinate with his Trade Assistance Allowance plan; his Employment Specialist assisted him in navigating the paperwork and other requirements of that federal program so that he could access the training dollars available.

Workforce Solution

Once funding was approved, Sopear attended vocational training which concluded in November 2009. Then, as he entered "job search mode", Sopear used CSC’s Resource Room on a near-daily basis as his "job search office", saying that it was important to get out of the house and into a focused environment. He received extensive staff assistance for editing/proofreading of his resume, applications, cover letters and email communications with prospective employers. He participated in Job Interview practice. Additionally, he received transportation-related supportive services totaling $2400.00 which helped with maintenance and fuel, for driving to interviews with employers up and down the I5 corridor and out of state. After approximately one year of full time effort, in the fall of 2010 Sopear received several job offers.

Outcomes & Benefits

In October 2010, Sopear became employed as a Quality Engineer with one of the world’s leaders in advanced, high-performance lighting and electronics systems for the global aerospace industry. He is now back to work, and he's very grateful for the help that he received to get there.

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