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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Baltimore Mayor's Office of Employment Development

Meet Ali

Workforce Challenge

Ali immigrated to the United States in 1982 because of limited job opportunities in his home country of Jordan. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and worked for several years as an engineer until managing a 7-Eleven store. After 22 years, Abdul sold his store, overwhelmed by the difficulties of owning his own business.

Workforce Solution

After being unemployed for 3 months, he heard about the apprenticeship program through the Anne Arundel County Muslim Council, a local community organization. He began the apprenticeship program’s English as a Second Language and Essential Skills courses, where he learned how to navigate the process of finding and preparing for employment in the United States.

Outcomes & Benefits

He was selected as an Environmental Care Supervisor apprentice at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and since beginning six months ago, he has completed the competencies and coursework required to move to the second wage level. Thanks to his increased earnings through apprenticeship, Abdul and his family enjoy greater financial stability. He hopes to continue to move forward in his career with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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