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Success Story: Jeremy

Jeremy came to the Goodwill Michigan Works! (Norton Site) Workforce Development Center seeking services. A high school graduate, he had eight years work experience as a construction laborer, but wanted something more. His life-long dream was a career in social work where he could help people. He was especially interested in assisting families in crisis situations.

Jeremy’s Goodwill case manager helped him enroll in the No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program to help fund his education and advancement. In January 2010, he began attending Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to pursue his degree. Dedicated to his studies, he maintained a 3.3 or higher GPA and had perfect attendance.

As part of his education, Jeremy secured an externship with Catholic Charities of West Michigan, that he completed in March of this year. In May, he earned his bachelor’s degree in social work with a 3.429 GPA.

Jeremy’s attitude and work performance during his externship did not go unnoticed, and he was offered a fulltime position as a case manager with Catholic Charities’ Family First Program; a family preservation program assisting “at risk” families. 

Jeremy is extremely grateful for the NWLB program and all the support he received from the Michigan Works! staff. He is proud to have achieved his goal and happy to be given the opportunity to work at doing what he loves – helping people.

Jeremy is married with two children. He enjoys camping, golfing, and running. His goal is to get his Ph.D. in social work and eventually teach at a university.

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