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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Western Maryland Consortium

Meet Timothy

Workforce Challenge


Timothy Lough was a 15-year-old tenth grader when he was selected for the Division of Rehabilitative Service’s Summer Youth Work Experience Program facilitated by the Western Maryland Consortium. The Allegany County agencies have successfully partnered for the past eight years in order to provide meaningful work experiences for their customers so they could: build résumés, gain experience, gain credibility, develop self-management, and job specific/transferable learning skills.

Workforce Solution

Workforce Solution

In the summer of 2010, Timothy worked for a small local contractor as a laborer through Division of Rehabilitative Service’s Summer Work Experience Program that was operated by the Western Maryland Consortium. Timothy’s evaluations were excellent indicating improvement at the end of the work experience. He returned to school at the end of the summer with experience to list on his résumé, a confidence in his ability to do a good job, and money in his pocket. The following summer Timothy again worked for another local contractor. Timothy not only learned valuable skills, but he also was provided with a role model in his supervisor to learn appropriate work place behavior. He returned to school with a renewed confidence.

Outcomes & Benefits

Outcomes & Benefits

His mother stated that when she picks Tim up from work, his supervisor tells her that if they ever try to reassign him to a shift other than hers, she will not allow it. They call Tim "Superman" at work because he is such an excellent, energetic worker. Mrs. Lough relayed a story to me about Tim coming in to a room full of dishes, and his supervisor came back to apologize for the mess the room was in and found that Tim had all the work completed and everything organized.

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