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

Meet Charles...

Workforce Challenge

Charles is a service-connected disabled Combat Infantry Army Soldier who was medically retired. He was referred to the Allegany County AJC by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) counselor.

Workforce Solution

Through VR&E’s Workstudy program, Allegany County AJC hired Charles to assist with the veteran services program. Hiring Charles through Workstudy afforded him many opportunities; for example, he could
• help other veterans with employment needs,
• gain career choices insight,
• learn interview techniques,
• hone his résumé-writing skills,
• acquire key-wording strategies, and
• pay his mortgage and other life expenses.

Although not easy, Charles attended college as a full-time student while working full-time at the AJC. Realizing Charles’ priority was attaining his education, AJC management catered a work schedule around his classes.

Outcomes & Benefits

The Allegany County AJC veteran services staff were thankful for the part they played in helping Charles achieve his education and employment goals. After attaining his cyber security degree, Charles was referred through the VR&E program to assist him in his employment needs. He was hired with the Department of Homeland Security in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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