WIA Enabled Me to Reach My Goal & Honorably Serve My Community
Submitted by: John Peters, WIA Employment & Training Specialist with LETC
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Workforce Challenge – Jamie is a 41 year old married father of two teenage children. After working for a truck dealership for four years, he was permanently laid off on January 1, 2009. During this stressful and uncertain time, Jamie realized that post-secondary education was the best way to be successful in a tightening and competitive labor market.
Workforce Solution – Shortly after being laid off, Jamie began working with the WIA Dislocated Worker Program. He met with LETC, WIA Employment & Training Specialist John Peters to discuss his options. In preparation for returning to school, Jamie completed the Adult Career Awareness Class at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC). The results indicated that the Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement program offered at MSTC would be an appropriate match for Jamie.
Peters reports, “Jamie was a model client and a pleasure to work with. I was immediately impressed with Jamie’s maturity, professionalism, and attention to detail. These are the type of traits that make for a good police officer. I was confident that Jamie made the right choice and would be successful in law enforcement.”
Jamie enrolled into the WIA Dislocated Worker Program on June 22, 2009 and began full-time training in August 2009. Throughout his training he maintained contact with Peters who continued to provide him with case management services, job search assistance, and mileage reimbursement. While Jamie pursued his law enforcement degree he also managed to work part-time with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and volunteer with the Marshfield Police Auxiliary.
Outcomes & Benefits – Jamie graduated from the Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement program at Mid-State Technical College in May 2011. He graduated with “distinction” and obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.784. After a very lengthy, thorough, and competitive selection process, Jamie started his new career as a Police Patrol Officer on November 20, 2011 with the City of Marshfield Police Department. Jamie works full-time making $21.00 per hour which is approximately 135% of his previous dislocation wage. Just recently, he was assigned as Assistant Liaison Officer for the Marshfield Police Auxiliary. Jamie says he would never have been able to achieve his goal of becoming a police officer without the help of the WIA Dislocated Worker Program and the support of family, specifically his wife Sheri. He is extremely thankful for the training and mileage support he received while attending long-term training. Jamie says that this program has not only enabled him to
achieve his goal, but has allowed him to give back to his hometown community by honorably serving and protecting the residents of Marshfield. Kudos Jamie!