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In December 2016, Michael contacted the Central Arkansas Workforce Center in Benton. Though he struggled to find stable employment that could provide for him and his family, he was optimistic about the services CAWDA could provide to help him.

Excitingly, he scheduled an appointment to meet with Orlando Freeman, One-Stop Center Career Consultant at Benton. After Michael was approved to participate in the WIOA Adult program, he was enrolled in the Diesel Driving Academy in Little Rock. Shortly after, he completed training and received his Certificate of Achievement.

He became a certified Truck Driver after receiving his Certified Driving License (CDL) on March 14, 2017. Today, Michael is employed at Werner Enterprises, the 5th largest truckload carrier in the United States. Michael loves every aspect of his new job. He enjoys seeing parts of the country he never imagined he would see and loves the adventure and challenges.

At last, Michael found an exploratory career, and although he thought being away from home for long periods of time would be difficult, he has adjusted, and is excited about what the future holds and recognizes his family is provided for.

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