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Samuel Jones, Mayor, City of Mobile Merceria Ludgood, Commissioner, Mobile County Board Officers

Chairman, Richard Davis; Mobile Airport Authority Vice-Chairman, John Moses; Bay Chevrolet Treasurer, easurer, Charlotte Kopf, Associated General Contractors-Mobile Section

Board Members Carolyn rolyn Akers, Mobile Area Education Foundation; Tommie Anderson, Franklin Primary Health

Jeff eff Robbins, State Farm Insurance; John Sipple, Southern Oil Exploration Inc.; Charles Story Story, Stor Community ommunity Volunteer; Russell Wimberly, South Alabama Regional Planning Commission

president’s Message It’s a new year of possibilities. Even though 2012 brought some challenges, Mobile has positioned itself to become an economic powerhouse in the manufacturing and shipbuilding industry. Announcements such as Airbus building its first U.S. based manufacturing facility at Brookley Aeroplex creating over a 1,000 jobs and Safran selecting Mobile as home to become the first supplier for Airbus gives job seekers and the community hope. Likewise, Sydney G. raine Austal Shipbuilding announced new contracts with the Navy and will hire over 1,500 people. As the first month of the New Year draws to a close, anticipation builds on what lies ahead for Mobile County. In order for continued economic growth, working together is key. Mobile Works is committed to providing resources to help stimulate Mobile’s economy through the creation of training programs and partnerships with area businesses. Building relationships and partnerships are the operative words as Mobile Works moves forward for 2013. In fact, efforts are in place to ramp up our training programs. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year over $5 million dollars was invested towards training efforts. Our goal is to inform and encourage the business community to consider using our programs for their hiring needs. Areas of focus include high growth, high wage occupations for the unemployed and underemployed in aviation, maritime, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, technology and other areas. Likewise, we are committed to supporting small businesses who would like to build their workforce. We recognize that our success is not possible without the support of our business partners who added jobs to support Mobile’s economy. In closing, Mobile Works could not achieve these efforts without the support of our Workforce Investment Board who tirelessly give of their time and resources to support our programs and services. Together we are committed to building relationships, team work and growing Mobile’s economy.

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Mobile obile Works partnered partne w with twenty six (26) local essess to offer On-the Job Jo Tr businesses Training as a resource to help area riess expand their workf workforce industries workforce. Mobile Works paid at least he wages associated with training eligible dislocated 50% of the rs and adults for a period perio oof at least 11 weeks. OJT services workers ovided to 43 individuals individua vvia WIA and an additional 14 job were provided rs via National Emergency Emergenc G seekers Grant (NEG) funding. ipants gained new skills wh Participants while earning income.

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On the Job Training program has stellar year

Costs for assessment and core services for OJT enrollees may be slightly higher per individual trained. This service is individualized to match job seekers with OJT opportunities while seeking to meet expectations of both the business owner and the job seeker. Outcomes are generally positive and retention in placements is higher for trainees due to the availability of income right away. In fact, for profit companies and non-profit agencies benefited from this program. Areas of training included professional, semi-professional positions as well as trades and manufacturing jobs. Qualifying companies provided a worker’s compensation policy, a federal tax identification number, offered full time employment and paid at least $9 per hour.

2011-2012 ojt training business partners All Clean Filters

all clean filters Al Trans Services Alabama Insurance company Bay Area Food Bank Bobcat of Mobile. Brock Safety Group Cna Construction Commonwealth Bank dip check exchange E.I.dupont Hiller company Horizon Shipbuilding Ideal Marine Services, Inc. Kimberly Clark Dr. Marcia Littles Mitsubishi Polysilicon Mobile Ship Chandlery McGriff Treading, Inc. Ogletree Law Firm Serv Pro Southern Truck and Equipment ST Aerospace Southern Style Painting Vision Partners Walashek Industrial and Marine Wonderland Express

When life happens, make lemonade

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A year, 365 days may breeze by for some people. But, for John Simon, it felt like an eternity. Three hundred sixty-five days without a job and being unemployed was very tough Simon expressed. For over a decade he worked as a contractor and supervisor for a local cable company until his job was eliminated due to technology upgrades. “Not working left me embarrassed and speechless,” Simon stated.

Simon heard of the Onthe-Job Training program (OJT) and connected with Mobile Works’ OJT Coordinator, Lynn Krueger. He introduced him to the program which pays employers at least 50% of the wages Simon. OJT participant and Bama Pest Conassociated with John trol technician performes routine maintenance at training eligible the Alabama Career Center. new hires for a period of at least 11 weeks.“This program was key to helping me find employment,” Simon said.

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Although he was devastated that his job was phased out, he decided to retool, regroup and make lemonade out of the lemons life had thrown him. Simon began to study nursing at a local college and quickly learned that the healthcare field was not his niche. Therefore, he decided to focus on a job that allowed him to capitalize on his strengths-helping people, working with his hands and working outside.

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$872,581 grant helps dislocated workers Mobile Works shared exciting news for the unemployed at a news conferencee on Wedn Wednesday, August 8 at the

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Alabama Career Center. Mobile Works announced it had partnered with TriNova, va, a, Volun Volunt Volunteers of America and Bishop State to provide short-term skills training scholarships totaling otaling $872 $872,581 1 for disl dislo dislocated ted workers. worker These scholarships, funded by the Department of Labor’s National Emergency mergency ergency Gr Gra Grant (NEG) NEG) we w were made availa available to individuals who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more, lost company were ost their job duee to compa y closure, w we self-employed or a displaced homemaker. Training programs were availabl available in industrial automation utomation omation instrumentation, nursing assisting, welding and personal care assisting. “This training was a new start for those unemployed and wanting to position themselves to compete for jobs in Mobile County,” said Sydney Raine, Mobile Works president. Also, a Dislocated Worker Training Fair was held Saturday, August 9 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for job seekers to learn more about the new training programs. Representatives from TriNova, Bishop State Community College and Volunteers of America were on hand to share the advantages of entering these programs.

Thank You Mobile Works would like to thank Gia Coleman, Associate Director for the Department of Human Resources for her years of service on Mobile Works’ Youth Council. Coleman was an inaugural member of the youth council and her oversight has allowed hundreds of at risk youth the opportunity to earn their GED, get job training and reach their highest potential. Gia Coleman (center ) is pictured with Jim Byard, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director; Cheryl Williams, Past Board Chair; Sydney Raine, Mobile Works President; Rose Johnson, Director, Department of Human Resources. Coleman was honored for her years of service at Mobile Work’s Annual Meeting.

Photo 1: Mayor Jones stands as Sydney Raine, Mobile Works president

addresses the crowd attending the press conference held August 8, 2012. Photo 2 (above-far left): Mayor Jones presents a check to Latitia McCane, Bishop State Community College academic dean to train dislocated workers in nursing assisting and welding.

Photo 3: (above-center) Volunteers of America employees hold check in the amount of $190,179 to train dislocated workers. Pictured (from left to right) Deanna Ferguson,Vice President of Services; Carla Stallworth,Regional Services Director; Terry Bartlett,Chief Operating Officer; Jane Bendolph, Staff Development Coordinator. Photo 4: (above-far right) Mayor Jones presents a check to Robbie Watson, president of Trinova, Inc. in the amount of $199,800 for instrumentation training.

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Do you want current updates on job openings, career fairs and training opportunities? If so, subscribe to Mobile Works e-news bulletin. Visit www.mobile-works.org.


The goal of Mobile Works’ training programs is to provide financial assistance for job seekers interested in learning a new skill that will allow them to better compete in the workforce. Mobile Works uses standardized guidelines for training programs to assure that needs for Mobile County are addressed. Current policy mandates that training be focused in areas of high demand and growth which are maritime, aviation, materials handling, transportation, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and technology.

finance

Additionally, Mobile Works, (in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) was granted funding to coordinate regional workforce development activities focused on moving long term unemployed individuals (laid off more than twelve months prior) back into the workforce through On-the-Job Training.

workforce investment act

Type of Funds

Total Available as of 7/1/11

Expenditures as of 6/30/2012

CURRENT Balance as of 6/30/12

ADULT

$2,456,766

$1,503,679

953,087

DISLOCATED WORKER

1,021,602

$433,766

$587,836

YOUTH

$1,140,900

$949,317

$191,583

LOCAL ADMINISTRATION

$357,715

$310,795

$46,920

STATE INCENTIVE

$77,582

$77,582

$0

$0

$0

$0

region 9 neg grant

$43,356

$22,819

$20,537

ojt neg grant

$101,762

$85,878

$15,884

TOTAL

$5,199,683

$3,383,836

$1,815,847

supplemental grants

PNC Foundation Awards $15,000 Grant to Mobile Works The PNC Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant for workforce development programming to Mobile Works. Through this partnership, Mobile Works will provide financial literacy information and monthly training classes to job seekers. “Our goal is to increase awareness of basic financial literacy for job seekers and encourage a proactive approach,” states Sydney Raine, Mobile Works president. “In today’s job market, employers may require credit checks in addition to background checks as a condition of employment. These classes will provide basic tools to help address any additional barriers for employment.” More than 60 people per month are expected to attend financial literacy classes on topics such as basic banking, budgeting, avoiding identity theft, and key elements of money management. “PNC’s support is helping individuals in the Mobile area achieve the financial skills and resources needed to compete in today’s job market,” said Cedric Hatcher, PNC regional president, Gulf Coast. “This grant is just one of many ways we continue to invest in the financial stability of our residents and the communities we serve.” In addition to financial literacy classes, current job readiness classes will be offered in resume writing, interviewing, dressing for a job interview and job search tips. To learn more, please visit www.mobile-works.org.

When life happens, you make lemonade (con’t from page 3) He began to present a letter to prospective employers regarding the OJT Program. This letter introduced the program and encouraged the employer to contact Mobile Works. He was eventually hired on with Bama Pest Control as a technician. “This program was win-win for me, Simon said. “Mr. Johnson (with Bama Pest Control) hired me with virtually no out of pocket expenses and I got the opportunity to prove myself.” He further states that he really loves his job and the opportunity to help others. “This job was a perfect fit for me. My job allows me to multi-task and be outside,” he said. Also, Simon describes himself as a problem solver and believes in taking care of his customers. “I am so excited when I can bring a smile to a customer’s face.” Some people may see his job as simply killing bugs. Yet, Simon views his job as helping his customers protect the health of their family and the investment in their home or business. He’s found his niche and looks forward to bright future. “It feels good to provide for my family again.”

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Mobile Works and the local office of the Alabama Career Center have worked continually to establish themselves as the community’s y focal ppoint for workforce issues. s. Mobile Works adapted its res resources to address thee economic nomic slowdown and the resultin resulting changes to the unemployment mployment yment rate in Mobile Coun County.

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Mobile le Works has continued to facilita ffacilitate improved communication munication among key stak stakeholde stakeholders as regionalized ed efforts fforts to mobilize the workfo workforce hhave been ness and community leaders have expressed initiated. Business very clearly, ly, the he need for more skilled work workers aand more efficient and nd effective training programs. M Mobile Works issues thr continues to proactively address these issue through a variety of initiatives. itiat •MARKETING: Strategies have increased awareness of available programs and services offered through Mobile Works and the Alabama Career Center. Mobile Works maintains local media relationships and participates in a variety of job fairs, community meetings, professional associations and advisory councils. Furthermore, businesses, job seekers and non-profits are advised of the latest developments in workforce development news and programs through Mobile Works’ weekly e-news bulletin and newsletter. These publications provide an ongoing way to raise awareness about WIA resources and help educate the community about opportunities for worker training.

ONE STOP ACTIVITY: Collaboration of services between Mobile Works, the Alabama Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Bishop State’s Adult Basic Education has proven to be an added benefit for job seekers and business owners. The Mobile office of the Alabama Career Center provides: Customer access to intensive services required by WIA through One Stop Centers. WIA intensive services includes: - Full scale objective assessment - Developing an employment plan - Individualized counseling and career planning - Case management - Short-term pre-vocational services in including job readiness training

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•SOCIAL MEDIA: Mobile Works has an established Facebook page. This page has allowed Mobile Works to share photos and up to the minute news on job fairs, Mobile Works publications and special programs being held at the Alabama Career Center.

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•JOB FAIRS AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Mobile Works routinely participates in area job fairs to reach job seekers throughout our area. Community outreach, through presentations on services and resources, is also provided throughout the year at area high schools, college campuses, district meetings, regional expos and informational presentations to churches and community based organizations.

Additionally, the Workforce Workfo Investment In Board WIB) established procedures and methods meth (WIB) to assure that ality intensive services and training tra quality services were put lace in order to meet the cha challenge of establishing and in place ementing a redesigned sys system of sservices for WIA implementing ble adults and dislocated w eligible workers. Services now in ser place include WIA defined tra training services, occupational skills training raining and on-the-job training.

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Mobile Works and TriNiova receive national attention In December, 2012, Matt Rivera with NBCNEWS. COM visited Mobile to learn more about jobs in the south. TriNova, Mobile Works’ newest training partner, graciously allowed Rivera to get up close and personal by observing a training class in action. TriNova is a companyy which partners with customers and manufacturers in the process control arena. Robbie Watson, president of TriN TriNova waits patiently to be interviewed by TriNova does periodic NBCNEWS.COM Matt Rivera with NBCNEWS.CO maintenance, repair, calibration and service of manyy valves, actuators and instrumentation products. p y serves various industries from food an This company and beverage to pulp and paper to chemical companies and beyond. TriNova has offices in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana. In addition to business to business sales and corporate training, TriNova has partnered with Mobile Works to provide trainingg for displaced workers. “We’re excited about ppartneringg with TriNova. I’m cconfident that their training will put displaced p workers in a pposition to compete ffor jobs in a growing industry,” states Sydney Raine, Mobile Works president. Robbie Watson, President /CEO of TriNova shared th that his company has experienced ggrowth due to the rise in the manufactur manufacturing industry. He further explained p that companies p such as Toyota, y Hyundai, y Nis Nissan, Mercedes (Outokumpu ((formerlyy Thyssenkrupp) y pp) and Airbus movingg to the sou south has increased the demand for workers in the manufacturingg industry. Watson believes the future looks bright for M Mobile County. To learn more about TriNova visit www.trinovainc.com. Marshall Barfield, training coordinator with TriNova, Inc talks with a training participant.

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Dreams can come true

“Drea Dreams ams can co com come true, I said to myself as I walked across the stage

o rreceive c ve my bac to bachelors of science degree in nursing,” said Ashleigh Grear, ar, who recently recent graduated from the University of South Alabama. She he credits credits Mobi Mobil Mobile Works for helping to make her dreams come true. “There “T ere were some so very tough times,” states Grear referring to her financial fin finnancial anncial st struggle struggles while in school. “The program was difficult and there were many late nights of studying and doing paperwork. There were instructors who were helpful and some instructors who were very difficult.” However, she persevered through it all and is now a proud graduate. Grear heard of the WIA program during orientation at school.

WIA participant Ashleigh Grear (far left) shares her experience at Mobile Works’ Annual Board meeting. Grear is pictured with Richard Davis, Mobile Works Board Chairman, Brenda Bright,Case Manager Coordiantor and Sydney Raine (far right), Mobile Works president.

Life became easier, according to Grear, when she received funding to help pay for her school and books. Grear has always dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a little girl. She can truly say her dreams are now a reality and have come to fruition. She has started work as an RN at Providence Hospital.

2011-2012 training providers Alabama Aviation Center of Mobile Cardiac and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound University of mobile Bishop StaTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Faulkner State Community College Premier Driving Academy Coastal Operation Engineers Apprentice Program University of South Alabama fortis college Mobile Plumbing & Pipefitting Joint Apprenticeship Program

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obile Works partnered with area educational and vocational training institutions to provide skills training for eligible job seekers and dislocated workers through funds provided under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Eligible job seekers pursued skills training in high wage/ high growth jobs in aviation, maritime,transportation, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, construction and materials handling. Applicants interested in receiving a skills training scholarship must receive admission to program of preference, meet WIA eligibility requirements and complete their degree in two years or less. To learn more about these programs visit www.mobile-works.org.

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Wilbert Merriweather chairman

Mo bile Works

Chandra Brown, Lifelines Family Counseling; Remigia Coleman, Department of Human Resources; Richard Davis, Mobile Airport Authority; Patsy Herron, United Way of Southwest Alabama; Barbara Mann, Community Volunteer; Pat Mitchell, Mobile County Public Schools; Charles Pharr, Prichard Housing Authority; Frewin Osteen, Prichard Housing Authority; John Sipple, Southern Oil Exploration, Inc.; Larry Travis, Job Corps Placement Office; Felecia Allen, Director, Mobile County Health Department

THANK YOU 2011-2012 youth training providers

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Dearborn YMCA Dynamic Educational Systems Inc. Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast Mobile County School System

Youth council members listen to reports during its quarterly meetings.

Mobile Works Youth Council is a key subcommittee of the Workforce Investment Board, The Council is charged with providing a comprehensive community-based system for hard to serve youth which encourages academic achievement, leadership and civic responsibility. Also, the Council was tasked

with overseeing the delivery of GED prep programs to out of school youth with great success.

Area providers offered a variety of training, job readiness and academic remediation programs for the 2011-2012 program year. Services offered for youth via referral or services directly

83 youth successfully graduated high school or obtained their GED

included intake and registration, an objective assessment, service strategy development (life/career plan), case management and follow-up, training and instruction to enhance secondary school completion, alternative secondary schooling opportunities, summer employment opportunities, paid and unpaid work experiences, occupational skills training, leadership development and access to supportive services. Youth programs funded by Mobile Works makes up 40% of the allocated program costs.

Furthermore, youth training providers helped eighty-three youth successfully achieve high school graduation or passed the GED and 20 youth with disabilities participated in a summer jobs program.

Success of theses programs is attributed to our partnership with committed youth providers who implement innovative programs that attract and retain youth.

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n September 28, 2012, Bernadette Jones, Youth Case Manager Coordinator put down her pen, closed her case files and headed for the hills after 34 years of service. Jones originally began her career in August of 1977 working with the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Program. In 1982 under President Reagan, the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) was enacted followed by the creation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) under President Clinton in 1998. The law was created to help prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force through job training for economically disadvantaged individuals. Although these programs endured many name changes and areas of focus, Bernadette Jones was constant on the local level. During her career she she worked primarily with the youth. She also has worked with adult programs and served as a monitor.

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Jones reflected on how the kids in the late 70’s and “I did the very best 80’s had a genuine desire that I could. I respected to work and succeed. They were motivated and wanted the youth, tried to opportunity. Jones motivate the youth and an explained how non-profits, encourage them to be schools and businesses would work together to find the best they could be solutions for at risk kids. “ If and be dedicated to a student was falling behind in school and they wanted reach their goals.” to participate in the summer jobs program, arrangements were made to have the student get tutoring a portion of the day to increase their skills and work the other half,” Jones said. As a result of this program, several students graduated, enrolled in college/vocational school or found a job. She had many successes over the Bernadette Jones years. Her most crowning achievement was receiving the state award for the best summer youth program in the state. In fact, she recalls hiring over 2,000 youth for one of the summer programs. “We worked very hard. There were many long hours and weekends. Going the extra mile was worth it to give kids job experience and afford them the opportunity to make money to buy things needed for school,” Jones said. She attributes the successes of the youth and summer programs to building relationships Sydney Raine presents Bernadette Jones with a and working proclamation from the City of Mobile. together. “The training providers and I had the same goal-to help the youth succeed. My position as youth case manager coordinator was more than just a job, Jones stated. “It was an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who needed it the most.” She also stated that some kids had other problems in addition to working towards obtaining their GED. “They were more receptive to my instruction and advice when I showed them that I cared for their well being.”

Ms. Jones receives well wishes from Patsy Heron (far left), United Way and Youth Council Member; Laniece Mitchell, Friend; Bernadette Jones (center) and Alonzo Jones (far right), spouse of Bernadette Jones;(Far left-2nd row) Willie Cleveland, Alabama Career Center, District Tax, Clay Walters, former Veterans Representative for the Alabama Career Center and Mike Dixon, former Veterans Representative for the Alabama Career Center.

“Her contributions to Mobile Works is priceless. We thank Bernadette for her years of service and impacting the youth in our community,” said Sydney Raine, Mobile Works president.

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Youth programs on the move On October 10, Mobile Works Youth Council held its annual Meet and Greet for current youth training providers and partners agencies at the Alabama Career Center. The purpose of the program was to introduce current youth programs to the 2012-2013 Mobile Works Youth Council, a subcommittee of the Workforce Investment Board of Directors. The current providers, DESI Career Training Center, Dearborn YMCA, Mobile County Public School S System Evening Educational (EEOP) and Goodwill Easter Seals’ ystem m - Eve ening Educationa al Opportunities Program (E Youth Excelling for S Success benefi uccess ((YES) YE ES) sharedd tthe he bene fitss of these pprograms rograms and answered questions and concerns presented by the Council. ncil. Providers were accompanied graduates who ree aalso lso ac ccom mpaniedd bbyy recent grad duattes wh ho shared their individual successes. Pictured below from left to right: Aaron Hall, EEOP Participant; Wayne Dearborn YMCA Pathway to ht: A aroon H alll, E EOP P Participa ant; W ayyne Barbee, Dearbo Employment; Javier Francis, Goodwill Easter Seals Y.E.S. Program; Patrick Heron,, DESI Caree Career Training er T raining Center.

Life is what you make it! After his mother went to prison, Jerry “Wayne” Barbee, II was left to care for himself at age fourteen. After two years of trying to provide for himself, he realized that he could get a lot further in life if he had the help of trustworthy adults. He did not have family, education, or sufficient income, but he did have a plan. With the help of these trustworthy adults, he was placed at St. Mary’s Group Home who helped him enroll into Dearborn YMCA’s Pathway to Employment G.E.D. Program. While at Dearborn’s Pathway Program Wayne was able to accomplish his p primary goal rather quickly. He enrolled into the program with above level scores and received his GED in less than two months after he started. The staff describes him as dedicated, hardworking, disciplined, and health conscious. His peers describe him as friendly and “I did it for myself, no hardworking.

one else. I refused to be like my family. Each individual experience you encounter in life makes you who you are. Life is what you make it. Now, less than five months later, Wayne is a freshman at the University of Be creative, just don’t South Alabama, majoring in computer information sciences, and has enrolled in forget where you came R.O.T.C. with a military science minor. He lives on campus and is working toward from.” higher goals for himself. He plans on enlisting with the U.S. Army at the beginning

Wayne continued to attend the program after he received his GED. He worked on finding himself and overcoming the obstacles and disadvantages that he has endured. He also learned to recognize his existing strengths and potential. Wayne explored many career options, learned how to write a resume, the value of a good reference, and how to interview with an employer. He also continued to increase his academic levels in his core subject areas.

of the next school year. Wayne is motivated to become a better person and focusing on being all he can be.

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I am so thankful for the help your program provided for me! Words do not allow me to sufficiently express my gratitude. I am living my dream of working at a nationally recognized pediatric healthcare center. I consider it a privilege to care for some of the sickest kids in our state. Your financial support was integral to me making my vision for my life come to fruition. I am forever appreciative to you and your program. Paige R. Perry, RN,BSN Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

comments WIA Participants

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I am so excited that I had the opportunity to train at Premier Driving Academy. Previously I worked for a local lawn care company and wanted something different. I decided to try truck driving because I come from a family of truck drivers. When I entered the training, I didn’t know how to drive a stick. I love truck driving and I am pleased with my new career. This experience has changed my life. I am no longer living paycheck to paycheck. Thanks so much for this opportunity. I am appreciative of all the support from Mobile Works and Premier Driving Academy. Also, I thank Ms. Jones for her support and encouragement. She was very patient and helpful during the enrollment process.

I am excited about Airbus coming to Mobile. My training at the aviation center of mobile, funded in part by Mobile Works, puts me in a prime position to be employed. Darnell Steill

Stiell was one of 92 junior college students nationally who participated in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program held in May, 2012 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

LaMarcus Gwinn, Class A CDL Superior Carriers

with finding jobs, helping with resumes and providing interview tips to help land a job. His future looks bright To many, the number 37 could mean someone’s as he tackles his new career path. In fact, he recently landed a job with a local carpet company and his age, waist size or miles per gallon for a car. However, for James Spann the number 37 represents his career as training at TriNova is a skill needed with his new employer. He’s now in a prime position for a commercial press operator. In July, 2012 Spann lost advancement opportunities. “ I am so appreciative his job with a local printing company. “My company of Mobile Works, the switched from offset printing to digital output,” states Career Center, the Spann is also Spann. Digital printing, according to Spann streamlined Alabama JobLink thankful for the help and the print preparation. As a result of this new technology, support he received while website that displayed his job was eliminated. unemployed. He states that current job openings, persistence pays off. “ I am unemployment While job searching he was introduced to a so appreciative of Mobile benefits and all the training program for dislocated workers sponsored by resources that were Mobile Works. Spann attended an information fair and Works, the Career Center, available to me while the Alabama JobLink learned about instrumentation training at TriNova. “I unemployed.” website for displaying loved being a press operator and had no idea that my current job openings, trade was going away,” Spann elaborated. “I attended the training fair and became open to learning a new set unemployment benefits and all the resources that were available to me while unemployed. I owe everyone a of skills. I decided to use this experience as an debt of ggratitude from Governor Bentleyy to Mobile opportunity to grow.” Works ks and beyond.” Spann is optimistic about the future and enthusiastic about what he is learning. “The instructors are awesome. They are very supportive and teach me the comprehensive aspects of instrumentation,” states Spann. He is also appreciative that TriNova is assisting

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