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Hunt Valley Workforce Development Center

Meet Sean

Workforce Challenge

Sean was incarcerated at several different points between the ages of 16 and 33 and was most recently released in 2013. He had been working as a grocery delivery driver from 2014 – 2017 but lost his position. Sean needed a specific license, CDL A, in order to drive tractor trailers and increase his earning potential.

Workforce Solution

Career Consultant Andrea Fuhrman worked with Sean to establish his eligibility for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. An eligibility challenge had to be overcome as Sean had never registered for Selective Service due to several periods of incarceration during the years when most young men learn about and register with Selective Service. Sean was able to provide documentation and gain management approval to exempt him from the Selective Service requirement. Consultants worked on his résumé and researched labor market demand and local training providers for CDL A training. In March, Sean attended the Job Readiness Bootcamp workshop. He applied for WIOA funding and was approved.

Outcomes & Benefits

Sean needed a specific license, CDL A, in order to drive tractor trailers and increase his earning potential. The Center was able to assist Sean with funding which had an immediate impact. Sean completed the North American Trade School CDL A training program on July 25, 2017, and obtained his license on July 26. Sean found employment almost immediately and started his position as an Over the Road Truck Driver on August 7 for KOTTOW Enterprises LLC. He went from earning $14 per hour to $30 per hour.

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