Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Eastpoint Workforce Development Center

Meet William

Workforce Challenge

William Berends currently attends a local community college and is in his third year of the journeyman’s apprenticeship program for HVAC scheduled to graduate in 2014. William was able to “skip test” his first year based upon his current mechanical knowledge. While in the program for HVAC, William also took a required electrical course. In this course, he met a manager for a contractor who worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground. This manager recommended that he apply to work for his company. William did so and was subsequently hired as a full-time employee.

Workforce Solution

William professed his appreciation for both TAA and NEG. He stated that “it was due to Trade paying for school that I was able to get the tools and training I needed to apply for this job. If I hadn’t been in school I wouldn’t have met the guy who became my eventual boss.”

Outcomes & Benefits

William was also enrolled in NEG and was able to use the supportive services provided by the grant to help offset costs for transportation to and from his training. He currently makes slightly less than 80% of his former wage but expects to move up the pay scale upon his graduation from the apprenticeship program.

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