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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Hunt Valley Workforce Development Center

Meet Michael...

Workforce Challenge

Michael had not worked a regular job since 2013 and was recently experiencing homelessness. He is now staying with a friend temporarily. Michael wanted to build upon his background as an Installation Technician / Warehouse Worker by adding skills that were more technical. Michael earned $12.35 per hour at his most recent formal employment.

Workforce Solution

Michael was approved for Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded Production Technician Cohort training in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). He participated in a Bridge Class and Information Session as well as Production Technician training through CCBC. As part of this program, students visited Lockheed Martin as a potential employer and he was selected for an interview. Part of this cohort training also included job readiness skills.

Outcomes & Benefits

Michael successfully completed the training and received positive feedback from CCBC staff. He earned three (3) Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) credentials in Process & Production, Quality Practices & Measurement, and Production Technician Safety. He received a job offer from Lockheed Martin as an Assembler / Installer starting in June earning $16 per hour -- full-time with benefits. This is an increase over his previous $12.35 per hour, and he had been unemployed for 3 years.

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