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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Mid-Maryland Workforce Investment Board

Meet Golois

Workforce Challenge

Born in Congo, 17-year-old Golois Mouelet-Nguimbi landed in Mid-Maryland's Carroll County in September 2006. He and his family had lived all over Africa before getting green cards and moving to the US. Golois entered 12th grade speaking fluent French but no English. He studied English at night in the same building as the Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center (BERC, the One-Stop Career Center), where he sought help getting a summer job.

Workforce Solution

BERC provided everything from case management services, job preparation and job search assistance, to paying for a learner's permit and driver education classes. BERC also provided assistance with public transportation to work; when that was not available, BERC provided transportation.

Mr. Bair, his counselor, helped Golois find and furnish an apartment for his family and helped him find a car. BERC staff helped him land a job as a part-time grocery cashier, and then as a floor technician at Carroll Hospital Center at a higher wage while he continued high school. After graduation, Golois entered Carroll Community College full time, as a Computer Information Systems major. BERC paid for his books until he could secure tuition grants and scholarships.

Outcomes & Benefits

Golois started UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) as a junior in the honors college, continuing to work at Carroll Hospital Center, where he earned a raise and was named Employee of the Month. This promotion opened the door to a part-time position with health benefits, as well as an internship in the human resources department.

During his final months as a BERC customer, Golois spoke at a workshop for HR managers from local businesses, encouraging them to hire other youth.

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