Justin began his journey by looking into the Machine Tool Pre-Apprenticeship training sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. This short-term training project was a collaborative effort with the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers’ Alliance funded by two different Department of Labor grants awarded to NCWWDB.
Justin attended an informational session at the Marathon County Job Center with Career Planner, Amy Hoppa. Justin and Amy, together, assessed his situation. They realized he would need transportation to get to the training, and a way to support him during the five month training project. Amy put things in motion and connected Justin to the Foodshare Employment and Training program (FSET) and the Wheels to Work program to work towards obtaining a vehicle. Soon after that, Justin obtained part-time employment as a Press Operator at G3 Industries. Justin actively attended the Machine Tool training project with transportation assistance from WIOA, and had a driver’s test scheduled with help from DOC/CCEP. In March, Justin passed his driver’s test and was on the waitlist to obtain a vehicle through Wheels to Work. In April, Justin met with his employer about his performance and received a $3/hr raise. Justin and his employer also discussed how there would be opportunity to continue advancing within the company.
Justin successfully graduated from the Machine Tool Pre-Apprenticeship program in May with all A’s. He was able to obtain a vehicle with assistance from the Wheels to Work program. On a personal note, he also completed his first marathon.
Justin continues to set goals for himself. Not only is he still employed at G3, he recently started the Electromechanical Technology Program here at NTC.
He now believes he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. Justin is an example of how determination and hard work can achieve dreams.