Meet Mr. King

Story submitted by: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

Mr. King of San Bernardino enjoyed steady employment until he was laid off in 2006. He needed a fresh start, so he enrolled in the diesel mechanic training program at San Bernardino Valley College. After completing the program, King was hired. But three months later, he was laid off and returned to the Employment Resource Center for job seeker services funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

Workforce Solution

With his wife’s encouragement, King searched for a job. “I sent out many resumés and went to interviews but nothing happened,” he said.

While he was sending out his resumé from one of the County Employment Resource Centers, King received a call from Dalton Trucking. The company partnered with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to hire personnel through the Subsidized Training Employment Program (STEP). Terry Klenske, president of Dalton Trucking, remembered King from a meeting at the San Bernardino Valley College.

Outcomes & Benefits

Through the STEP program, King was placed into a role at Dalton trucking, where he gained more experience and was eventually hired as a full time regular employee. Now celebrating his first year with Dalton Trucking, King has some words of wisdom for people who struggle to find work.

“The Workforce Investment Board placed me into a diesel mechanic training program and then helped me get back to work through its Subsidized Training Employment Program,” King said. “Everyone needs to know about these programs because it changed my life.”

“I now look forward to going to work every morning at Dalton Trucking,” he said. “It feels really good to put in a day’s work."

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