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Workforce Challenge

Andrew was living in work release, was a former offender, and was working only part time at McDonald's. He knew that in order to get his life back on track, he would need to skill up so he could secure a better paying job for his future.

Workforce Solution

Andrew heard about the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps (YHCC) program through the local WorkOne (One-Stop), where he would have an opportunity to gain full-time summer employment through either the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). The DNR revitalizes historic buildings, creates and rehabilitates trails and restores acres of natural habitat. The INDOT conducts emergency road cleanup, maintenance of traffic signs, equipment refurbishing and beautification of Indiana’s highway rest areas and interchanges. He went to the Michigan City WorkOne (One-Stop), where they helped him with his resume and interview preparation. He secured a job with the INDOT just 11 days later.

Outcomes & Benefits

It was evident that Andrew loved his new job. He arrived each day on time and managed any type of the work they delegated to him, including road clean up, mowing, or painting. Interacting in a team environment with people who didn’t judge his past, helped him thrive and gain confidence in wanting to do more with INDOT. At the end of the YHCC program in October 2010, he was hired in a full-time Highway Technician position for the INDOT, where he still works with a smile on his face and a positive attitude!

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