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Meet Cavey

Workforce Challenge

Cavey came from a home with an incarcerated parent, which most likely influenced the poor choices that landed him in the juvenile system. As a probationary youth, he was enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth program through the Department of Youth Services, where he was placed at Sheldon High School to complete requirements for graduation.

Workforce Solution

Cavey was interested in firefighting, so his WIA counselor worked with him for several months researching Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ Firefighting careers. Together they reviewed Lane Community College’s (LCC) EMT Program, its requirements for being accepted and at available scholarships.

With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) summer funds, Cavey received a paid internship with the Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department in Eugene, Oregon. Cavey’s counselor helped him prepare for his LCC placement tests for their EMT program. He received college credits from the training he received through his internship, giving him a head start.

Outcomes & Benefits

Cavey graduated from high school in spring 2009. Through WIA funding, he attended summer workshops on Financial Literacy and Youth at Work Talking Safety, earning certificates in both. He also received the gear needed for his internship with Eugene Fire and EMS Department. He now volunteers with the Goshen Rural Fire District where he is a Sleeper Fire Fighter, allowing him to live at the Goshen Fire Station. He is enrolled in LCC’s EMT program and is working towards becoming a paramedic.

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