Like many in the Bay Area, Darin’s job required a long commute- taking him an hour in the morning and close to two hours to return home each night. A quarter of his salary was spent on gas and he had no time for himself or his family. Then his car broke down and he had no way to get to work. Soon, Darin was laid off and though he was initially concerned, the break gave him a chance to consider different career options that might also improve his quality of life.
The team at TVCC assisted Darin with his Unemployment Insurance claim, his resume, and other aspects of his job search. Darin received WIOA-funded training to become a Class A truck driver in order to change careers and create more opportunities. He attended workshops, Job Club, and hiring events such as Coffee Break with Employers to practice talking with employers about himself and his skills and connect with other job seekers.
After completing his training, Darin found a better-paying job close to home, which not only added money to his bank account, but added quality hours to each day. Today, Darin reports having a more enjoyable career with better pay, better benefits, and in a much better work environment. Says Darin, “My outcome is brighter – and I now have a skill I can take with me anywhere.”