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Meet Ned

Workforce Challenge

When Ned first came to the Chicago Workforce Center-Mid-South in March 2010, he'd recently been released from prison, was staying at a halfway house, and needed a job. "I was very frustrated, trying to do right but unable to find work," he explains. "When you see people with college degrees out there unemployed, you think it's unlikely someone with a [criminal] background is going to do any better." After months of searching with no luck, Ned decided to follow up on a tip from a friend who had recently enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program.

Workforce Solution

At the workforce center, Ned met with a career counselor, who promised to help Ned overcome the challenges he was facing in finding employment. She helped him evaluate his employment goals and determine what types of jobs would be possible given his criminal history. The counselor encouraged Ned to focus on his goals, and emphasized her commitment to assisting him. To maintain his focus, Ned began participating in a range of activities at the center.

Outcomes & Benefits

Through the business services team, Ned was referred to an open position at a local property management company. Ned interviewed in August, 2010, and was hired as a Laborer after the first interview.

Ned is now in his sixth month of employment and provides various maintenance services to rental properties throughout Chicagoland. He's happy to be employed in a position that consistently challenges him.

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