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Starting fresh

Workforce Challenge

Michael had been in and out of prisons his entire adult life. He had a very spotty work history. He never had a self-sufficient, meaningful job. His normal was living in an institution and had become comfortable in a prison setting. Michael also needed a place to live after his release.

Workforce Solution

Michael showed a good work ethic and received a recommendation from his prison work supervisor. With the help of a WIA case manager his self- confidence was strengthened, job retention training given, and transferable skills identified. Case manager also helped him develop a plan to avoid or cope with people, places, and things that have caused problems in the past. A structured living environment was needed out of prison. An On-the-Job training opportunity with an employer in a high demand occupation was utilized.

Outcomes & Benefits

Michael began living in an Oxford House immediately upon release from prison. He lived there for several months. It was very beneficial in providing a structured living environment and support to stay drug free. Case Manager utilized WIA funding to help Michal secure a job as a CNC Machine Operator He began work within two weeks from prison release. He has maintained the job for the past 6 months. The revolving prison cycle door has ended. Michael now has a new, positive outlook on his life.

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