WMC Success Story – Andy

Serving the general public in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, the Western Maryland Consortium is a regional workforce development agency. We strive to help workers improve their skills and find employment, leading to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Skilled training is provided to those with a demonstrated need and is aligned with the skill shortages that have been reported by local employers.

Andy came to us a dislocated worker from the IT field, he knew it was time to make a change and had his sights set on a specialized trade. Andy was ready for a career, not just another job. Andy took full advantage to all services that were offered to him, spending countless time job searching, writing and revising his resume, and working with his career counselor to find a niche that would best utilize his untapped potential. In September Andy took the first step towards success when he enrolled in the plumbing program at Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.-Barr Construction Institute in Hagerstown, MD. Thanks to the opportunities provided to him by the HCCT grant and WIOA funding Andy was able to land a job working full time as a registered plumbing apprentice. Andy also utilized supportive services to help assist him with purchasing tools and boots he needed for his career change. With the help of these services, Andy looks forward to continuous success as he moves forward on his journey.