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Meet Stephen

Workforce Challenge

Stephen Becker is an engaging all-American looking young man who has a learning disability. He had average performance in school but desperately wanted a job so he could help his struggling family with expenses.

Workforce Solution

Stephen was enrolled in the WIA youth program at Claymont High School. He was placed in a local tire and auto repair shop where he was mentored by a former student. He learned the basics of working on autos and changing tires, oil, filters, etc. After graduation he immediately landed a job with A.R.E. Truck Caps in Massillon, Ohio. During the past six months he has proven himself to his employer and has earned two pay increases.

Outcomes & Benefits

According to former high school guidance counselor Pamela Schram, "Stephen has a great work ethic, something he will tell you that he learned by working through the WIA youth program. Steve was not college-ready due to his disability, but that doesn't mean he couldn't be a good and desirable worker."

"He has proven once again that there are jobs out there for people who want to work," she added. Congratulations, Stephen!

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