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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

Meet Roberto

Workforce Challenge

Roberto is a former gang member who served prison time. Upon his release, Roberto was referred to the Montgomery County Conservation Corps, where he enrolled in the program, earned his GED, and graduated as a senior crew leader. However, he had difficulty finding employment because of his criminal history.

Workforce Solution

Shapiro & Duncan, a contracting company with a seat on the Montgomery County WIB, hired Mr. Morejon as a bilingual safety officer. While working, Mr. Morejon took three years of classes to develop and hone his skills. His employer paid for many of the classes, and he used the AmeriCorps scholarship he earned through the Conservation Corps. He studied industrial hygiene and occupational safety at the OSHA's MidAtlanticTraining Institute, where he earned the nationally recognized Advanced Safety Certificate.

Outcomes & Benefits

Today, Mr. Morejon continues to work at Shapiro & Duncan, where he was promoted to Safety Director. He wants to make a contribution to society by helping gang members turn their lives around. In 2008, Montgomery County's Workforce Services named him Participant of the Year.

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