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Meet Manuel

Workforce Challenge

Manuel has suffered more than one layoff during his working years. Several years ago, he was assisted by the HIRE Center in Milwaukee, so when he was laid off in 2009 from a metals fabricator where he worked as a forklift operator, he returned to the HIRE Center. Manuel hoped to increase his manufacturing skills in order to obtain higher skilled and more secure employment. Manuel was not able to get occupational training at the technical college due to his limited English proficiency.

Workforce Solution

When he learned that the HIRE Center bilingual team was working with Madison Area Technical College to develop a WIA-funded Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining training program for Spanish speakers, Manuel was eager to seize the opportunity.

Outcomes & Benefits

After 400 hours of instruction, Manuel was the first in his class to obtain employment when he was hired by GA Precision, one of the sponsoring companies of HIRE’s special manufacturing training programs. Manuel continues to keep in touch with the HIRE Center staff to report on how he is doing and to express his thanks for the opportunities he received through the WIA program.

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