Real People. Real Success.
Jose Chavez came to the One Stop in February 2014 as a dislocated worker. His past work experience included general labor positions, and he wanted to go to training to learn a skill set that would enable him to find steady employment earning a sustainable wage. His case manager referred him to a class where he learned basic computer skills, as well as tutoring in math and reading. He completed the class in May 2014 and was then ready to explore training options. His case manager completed career exploration activities, assisted in training and career research, and in August 2014 Jose enrolled in WVUP's Welding Technology one-year certificate program. He did so well in his coursework that he decided to go on to an Associate's degree, which he earned in May 2016. During his time as a college student, Jose overcame many obstacles both personally and academically. He was the first in his family to finish high school, and now the first to graduate from college. Jose is currently working with his case manager on job seeking and looks forward to a promising career as a Welding Technician.
Marc Hawk enrolled in the WIA program as a Dislocated Worker, from Summit Environmental, in March of 2012. He enrolled in the Welding Technology Certificate program at WVUP in the summer of 2012, and completed training in May 2013. He obtained his Electrician Apprentice License and began job seeking upon graduation. In September of 2013 he had knee surgery that turned into six surgeries, spanning from Sept 2013-July 2015. Time spent recovering prevented him from working and he had long since exhausted his unemployment benefits.
When he was fully recovered and able to go back to work, Marc came into the One-Stop. In March 2016, he met with his case manager to update his resume and explore job search assistance. His case manager consulted the Ross Business Service Representative who sent Marc's resume to three potential employers in the region that were hiring. By the end of the day, Marc was contacted by two of the employers and had an interview with Drake's Restoration two days later. Marc came into the office after his interview to report that he was offered the job of Electrician Apprentice at Drake’s Restoration. The position is full-time starting at $18/hour and he began work on March 28, 2016.