David Chavez was an 18 year old unemployed high school drop-out when he enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Out-of-School Youth Program. He had been convicted of a crime at the age of 16 and was living between his grandmother’s home and friends’ homes. David was eager to obtain his GED, find employment and enroll in post-secondary education.
The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and the local One Stop Career Center assisted Mr. Chavez by providing a basic skills assessment, referring him to Liberty Adult Education, registering him for GED testing, and assisting with supportive services to pay for testing fees. David received his GED Certificate two months after enrollment in the WIA program.
David received assistance to update his resume and participated in an interview workshop and mock interviews. His case manager also continuously provided him with job referrals and informed him of on-site recruitments, which he attended. David was also trained in researching labor market information related to the careers he was interested in.
David was interested in entering post-secondary education. His case manager assisted with the application and registration process for Los Medanos College, helped complete financial aid paperwork, and assisted with planning his class schedule. During the first semester, the One Stop provided bus passes so David could get to and from school and helped to purchase textbooks required for classes
David successfully received his GED certificate, obtained his California Food Handler Card, found an entry-level job in the food industry and enrolled in college. Ultimately, David decided to enlist in the National Guard and left to boot camp training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in May 2013 as a Combat Engineer. He continues to be in the Selected Reserve Unit and serves one weekend a month, completing training/drills in Petaluma, CA.