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South Central WorkForce Council


Meet Tim

Workforce Challenge

Tim was a young man with a history of substance abuse, criminal offenses and school troubles. He had faced rehabilitation for his drug addiction and had served jail time for his poor choices. Tim's first attempt at finding employment ended in failure. A caution from his probation officer, forewarning jail time if he didn't shape up, appeared to be the turning point.

Workforce Solution

Through the South Central Workforce Council Youth Program, Tim was placed in a summer job at the Fairmont Medical Center maintenance department. The youth counselor thought it would be a great fit because of the worksite supervisor's previous history of dealing with difficult teenagers. At Tim's work orientation, he showed a different attitude of attentiveness and respect. He appeared genuinely grateful for the second chance.

Outcomes & Benefits

Tim did great at his job and his supervisor was impressed with his work. He quickly completed the requirements of the program as well as his high school obligations. His probation officer noticed the positive changes and he got off of his probation early, after serving more than three years. Tim also obtained his high school diploma after two extra years of schooling.

"I am trying the best [I can] to get my life straight, and things come through with time. I'm just glad I didn't give up."


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