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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Allegany County One-Stop Job Center

Meet Michael

Workforce Challenge

The "Project Yes" Coordinator of a local high school referred 15-year-old Michael to the Western MD Consortium in order to assist him with finding a job in economically-depressed Allegany County. The adults in the county are vying for the same positions that youth normally fill, so with his age and no work experience, Michael was hard-pressed to find employment. He needed transportation in order to work as well as attend college upon graduation. His career goal is to become a nurse practitioner.

Workforce Solution

The Consortium placed Michael in a 350-hour work experience at a supermarket within walking distance from his home and purchased uniforms for him in order to assure his successful completion of activity. The Consortium also funded Michael with a trip to Ocean City in order to attend a leadership convention of the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Michael learned public speaking and was inspired by several motivational speakers. With the skills and self-confidence he attained there, he hoped to run for student body class president his senior year. The Consortium put Michael through driver's training and bought him a learner's permit to assist him with the transportation he would need to attend college and get to and from work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Outcomes & Benefits

Michael performed his duties so well at his work experience at the local supermarket that he was hired and works there after school and on weekends, allowing him to purchase a car and insurance. He ran for class president and was elected due to the skills he gained while attending the Ocean City conference. He is on-track to earn his CNA credential this spring. Upon graduation, he will continue in the nursing field at Allegany College while working as a CNA.

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