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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Susquehanna Workforce Network

Meet Aaron

Workforce Challenge

Aberdeen resident Aaron Sierak dropped out of school during his junior year, despite earning good grades, because of stress at home. He was discouraged about his future and wanted to change. He began working full-time in a warehouse, but he knew he needed to get his GED because he wanted to go to college. He learned about Reconnecting Youth, a dropout recovery program run by the Harford County Public Schools in partnership with the Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN).

Workforce Solution

A SWN caseworker visited with Mr. Sierak, offering to pay for his classes and his learner permit and whatever else he needed to succeed. Once he got started, Mr. Sierak didn't waste any time. He earned his GED within three months, entered Harford Community College, and obtained a Pell Grant for the first year's tuition. He credited his caseworker for keeping in contact with him and encouraging him throughout the process.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mr. Sierak began working toward his Associate's degree. He was planning to earn his Registered Nursing certification, so he would be qualified to work in a high-demand occupation with flexible hours and good benefits.

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