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Meet Michael Perkins

Workforce Challenge:

While participating in the Dad’s Back Academy for formerly incarcerated men, Michael Perkins sought assistance in trying to find employment from the South Bay One-Stop Business and Career Center – Gardena in August 2019.


Workforce Solution:

He attended a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) orientation and was assigned a career counselor who helped him to develop an individual employment and career pathway plan that outlined his existing skills including those obtained while in custody.

Outcome and Benefits:

Through the help of his career counselor, Mr. Perkins secured employment with Gardena based, Smartech Communications, as a Labor Crew Member, with an hourly wage of $21.00. His duties include transporting equipment, travel to and from job sites, and perform underground tasks.

He is grateful for the opportunities provided from his career counselor and wants others to know about the value of these services.

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