Samuel attended the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Information Session in August of 2020 seeking to gain a new skill during the COVID-19 Pandemic. He was enrolled into the WIOA program shortly afterwards and explained that he was seeking welding training. He felt that welding was an in-demand occupation that would provide him with stable employment, an excellent income, and a long-term career.

Based on the discussion with him, an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) was created to build a roadmap to achieving his goals. He completed a series of Career Readiness Workshops with SC Works Greater Upstate as well as the WIN Assessment to help prepare him for the new labor market upon graduating. He began welding training with Norris Mechanical in January of 2021.

He successfully completed his welding training a few months later in April and earned three (3) certificates in the field. He started his new career as a welder in May of 2021. Congratulations Samuel!