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Arkansas Workforce Center - Harrison

Meet Gene

Workforce Challenge

Gene was employed for a local manufacturer for almost 6 years. He had every intention of staying with them until his retirement. Sales plummeted and Gene held on to his job, until he was one of the last workers laid off. Gene had done some research and decided to start a new career in Heat, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC).

Workforce Solution

Gene came to our local Workforce Center to see if there were resources available to him. He was eligible through the Dislocated Worker Program to receive funds for training into his new career. Gene started the HVAC course at North Arkansas College in August 2009. He also worked part time during his training. Before Gene received his certification in December 2010, he was already talking to local businesses about employment.

Outcomes & Benefits

Gene now has a full time job with Ozark Refrigeration. He enjoys using the skills he learned at North Arkansas College. He also enjoys working full time again, and getting back on track with his career.

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