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Mississippi Construction Education Foundation

Meet Josh

Workforce Challenge

Josh Fayard, a 23 year-old from Biloxi, MS, completed a Mississippi Construction Education Foundation-sponsored Electrical Training class in Long Beach, MS, in August, 2010. Although Fayard had been employed in the past, he was unemployed prior to the training class and really did not have a clear career goal. The purpose of the training was to prepare individuals 18-24 years of age who were unemployed or underemployed for jobs in the commercial construction industry – or any industry where these skills were needed.

Workforce Solution

Fayard’s success story is reflected in his perception of the difference the training made in his life. By taking the training, he realized how much he enjoyed working in the electrical field. Also, he said being in school made a difference in his motivation to do more with his life and talents and “gave me hope that I was moving forward.” As a result of the construction training, he had three valuable successes: (1) fulltime employment with benefits in maintenance at a local community college, (2) enrollment in further electrical training at that college, (3) plans for and progress toward making a career in the electrical trades.

Outcomes & Benefits

Fayard stressed the importance and value of the construction training that he received through the grant. “I learned how things worked through lots of hands-on experience. This gave me confidence in the work place. If you know what you are doing, you have a better chance of succeeding.” Based on feedback from his new employer, Fayard is a hard worker and is succeeding in his new job.

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