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Arkansas Workforce Center - Rogers

Meet Tyler

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Workforce Challenge

Tyler entered the youth program as a shy ninth grader. He was a special needs student with a variety of challenges, academic as well as health. His summer work experience placement took a lot of thought and creativity on the part of the workforce center. Ultimately, Tyler worked on an egg farm as a sorter. He became comfortable with the daily routine, filling out his time sheet, and interacting with people other than his family and friends he had grown up with. By the end of that first summer, Tyler began to emerge.

Workforce Solution

The next summer, Tyler wanted to work at the local feed store. We weren’t sure how he would handle the new, unfamiliar stimulus. The owners of the store thought the program would be an opportunity to mentor a youth. Tyler worked hard learning the names of all of the products sold, their locations, and their use. He learned customer’s names and what they regularly bought. He fit in with all of his co-workers, both young and old. He stayed at the feed store during the next school year on the WIA Year Round Youth Program, working part-time after school, and then continued there the following summer. He was, once again, a leader in Job Club. He continued to build his memory skills by learning products, their use, and the prices.

Outcomes & Benefits

Tyler became a self-confident, outgoing young adult. Earning respect from his high school co-workers, he was elected to be homecoming escort both junior and senior year. He started competing on the forensics team. This painfully shy young man was now performing skits, speeches and plays at state tournaments. Tyler saved most of the money he made through WIA and bought a house after graduation. He now has a lot of the responsibility for the daily operation of the family poultry farm. Congratulations, Tyler!

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