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Paxen Learning Corporation


Meet Willie

Workforce Challenge

Willie had been employed as a line feeder and forklift operator for the a large automotive manufacturing supplier, but he was laid off in 2008 due to the recession. Although he was able to seek employment in other industries, he found himself underemployed, doing low-paying jobs for which he was over-qualified. He was becoming frustrated with his situation and wanted to work again in the automotive industry to continue to use his skills, but he was not having much success.

Workforce Solution

Willie was referred to the ARRA-funded Work Readiness program with Paxen Learning Corp. by an associate that had success due to training from Paxen. Willie enrolled in the program and began his journey back into the workforce. His instructor, Mrs. Henri was impressed by his commitment. Willie was was always attentive; he came to class early; he always followed directions; and he demonstrated leadership skills and worked effectively with his classmates in group activities.

Meanwhile, Paxen’s Job Creation Business Advisor was cultivating an employment partnership with Johnson Controls Inc., a Tier 1 Nissan supplier that was very excited about this collaboration and wanted to employ our participants immediately.

Outcomes & Benefits

Willie was a PERFECT fit for Paxen’s employment collaboration. Johnson Controls Inc. Human Resource Manager, Ms. Bolton, was highly impressed with the professionalism and employment skills that he possessed. She said she could tell he had attended a Work Readiness program because he was open to learning new skills, prepared for success, and eager to do his best work. Willie began his employment with Johnson Controls Inc. on September 21, 2010.


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