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Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board

Meet Todd

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Workforce Challenge

Todd was expelled from high school for 90 days in November 2009 after a brush with a teacher. The incident was a wake-up call, and once he was expelled from school, Todd decided it was time to change.

Todd and his mother found out that Easter Seals Work Resource Center (WRC), one of the youth providers funded by the South West Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, could help him turn things around.

Workforce Solution

With the help of Easter Seals Case Manager Sharon Brooks, Todd entered a credit recovery program at Easter Seals. He went to his local library, and to Easter Seals WRC, to stay on track with his studies.

Todd was readmitted to Northwest High School in the spring of his junior year. He was determined to graduate on time, but had a very short time to catch up.

"There were times I wanted to drop out,” he said, “But I had a friend who motivated me.”

Todd made up his credits and moved into his regular classes by his senior year. Through Easter Seals WRC, he got a summer job working as a custodian at a local YMCA. He played varsity football his senior year, and realized his goal of graduating with his class in June 2011.

Outcomes & Benefits

Today Todd is a freshman at Ohio Mid-Western College, a Christian college in Sharonville. He is studying business and plays football for the school. After school, he works at Arby’s in Colerain. And although he has exited Easter Seals, he stays in touch with Brooks. “We stay connected,” he says. Brooks adds: “Todd has shown his commitment to himself and his family. He balances school, a job, and helping take care of his younger sisters. I am optimistic that he will accomplish his goals.”

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