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STUDENT PROFILE: Luke and OC WIB

Luke enrolled in the Orange County Workforce Development Board’s Young Adult Career Program as a disabled youth attending Brea Olinda High School. Luke was having trouble finding employment and graduating high school. Being very shy, applying to jobs was overwhelming to Luke. Luke received one on one tutoring to work on assignments he wasn’t able to complete on his own. As a result of program participation Luke obtained his high school diploma from Brea Olinda High School. Luke’s completion of the Young Adult Career Program’s work readiness component prepared Luke to begin his work experience. Luke expressed interest in a career as an auto mechanic and was placed at the La Habra City Yard assisting the city mechanics with yard duties. Through the program he received supportive services to help purchase his work attire. While completing his work experience, with the encouragement and referral of program staff, Luke enrolled at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education’s Automotive Technology Program. He is currently working to obtain his Auto-Mechanic Certificate. Luke was hired by the City of La Habra and is now working part time in the Facilities Department. Luke is very grateful to have received the individualized assistance he needed to gain occupational skills. With the assistance of program staff he was able to receive help and gain the confidence required to be successful in the labor market.

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