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Midlands Local Workforce Investment Board - Columbia OneStop

Meet Christopher

Workforce Challenge

Having worked for the same manufacturing company for more than 8 years, Christopher says he was completely taken aback when he was laid off in 2009. After months of fruitless searching, Sanders was enrolled in the WIA program as a dislocated worker.

Workforce Solution

Case managers worked with Chris to revise his resume and counseled him on pursuing alternative occupations. Sanders submitted dozens of requests for job referrals each week and worked closely with his case managers on applications. However, it was an on-the-job training referral for work at Akebono that gave Sanders the interview and opportunity he wanted after more than a year without work.

Outcomes & Benefits

Today, Sanders is happy to be back in the manufacturing field, earning more than he did at his former job. He makes $13.10 per hour and is “working on another raise,” he said.

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