Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Southwest Traiing Services, Inc.
Larry Godfrey, a single parent of two children and the primary caregiver for his mother, became a dislocated worker when Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel closed. He had worked there for over 15 years as a maintenance technician. Larry knew he needed to update his skills in order to support himself, his children and his mother.
Our office began working with Larry through his enrollment into a two-week work readiness program "Work Certified Academy". He wanted to take advantage of any help he could get to secure employment. Larry obtained a work readiness credential, but also found out that he was eligible under the trade act for training assistance also. With support of his WIA case manager, he was assessed and enrolled under both WIA and Trade programs and enrolled into Penn Commercial Business & Technical School's electrican program. Trade Act funding paid for the training and WIA offered support and case management.
Outcomes & Benefits
Both programs,(Work Certified and Electrician) along with his past experience, ultimately prepared him for getting his new job. He is now employed as a maintenance mechanic for Camp Hill Corporation in McKeesport, PA at a starting salary of $19.65/hr plus benefits.