In January 2019, after being laid off from his job, Bryan Hjelden visited the Arkansas Workforce Center in Conway to apply for unemployment benefits. Afterwards, he spoke with Ashlee Ennis, Career Consultant, to discuss possible services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker Program.
He decided that a new career in the transportation industry would provide a steady income and being a Truck Driver would allow him to provide for his family.
Shortly after, Bryan enrolled in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker Program. Being self-motivated and driven to succeed, he began his Occupational Skills Training at Level One Driving Academy in February 2019.
After the completion of his training, Bryan received his certification on April 11, 2019. Shortly after, he obtained full time employment at the City of Conway Sanitation Department as a CDL Driver making $17.00 an hour.
In the end, Bryan was able to take advantage of the amazing opportunities through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and has acquired long-term, sustainable employment in the Transportation industry, which is and in-demand industry in Central Arkansas.