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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Frederick County Workforce Services

Meet Larry

Workforce Challenge

Larry Brust, a veteran and dislocated worker, had been laid off from his job in the construction field. He searched for jobs every day for months, with hundreds of resumes sent out, but no responses received. When his unemployment benefits were about to expire, Mr. Brust knew he needed to somehow acquire new skills and reinvent himself, but he wasn't sure that he could afford the costs associated with the training that would be required.

Workforce Solution

Mr. Brust was introduced to Charles Hunt of Frederick County Workforce Services, who kept in touch by providing job leads and moral support. After consulting with Mr. Hunt, Mr. Brust decided to apply for training funds through Frederick County Workforce Services in order to pursue a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license. The grant was approved, and Mr. Brust completed a course at Milford Mill Academy through the Red Cross, earning his CNA certification.

Outcomes & Benefits

Not long after completing his CNA certification, Mr. Brust was offered a full-time position as a nursing assistant in the Medical/Surgery unit at Frederick Memorial Hospital. His new position not only offers great benefits, but it also provides seemingly unlimited growth potential, as healthcare is a high-demand field with many different career paths. Mr. Brust plans to enter the Surgical Technology program at Frederick Community College to further enhance his skills and qualifications and increase his employability.

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