In May 2018, Jonathan Herr contacted the Arkansas Workforce Center in Conway to explore potential programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), after being frustrated that he could not find a job because of numerous attempts and turn downs during his job search.
As a result, he met with Ashlee Ennis, Career Consultant at the Arkansas Workforce Center in Conway, and Ms. Ennis guided him through the process and paperwork to get him enrolled in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program. Jonathan’s services included Resume Building, Job Readiness Training, Interviewing Skills Training, and Pre-employment Transition Services.
Additionally, Jonathan obtained a Paid Work Experience through a partner organization, the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA). They gave him the chance to work, learn, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Soon afterwards, when he gained full-time employment with Postmates as a Delivery Driver in July 2020, his efforts paid off.
In the end, Jonathan gained the critical hands-on experience needed to become employable and was able to overcome his obstacles and developed the fundamental soft skills that could open up other doors in the future for professional development.