In February 2004, Ed Cantine was laid off from Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) in Susanville, where he worked as a chain puller.
The Susanville SPI facility closed due to foreign competion, which made the SPI workers eligible for the Trade Adjustment Act training dollars through the California Employment Development Department
(EDD)/Depratment of Labor.
In order to receive the Trade Adjustment Act dollars available, SPI employees had to complete a comprehensive assessment process to identify their vocational interests, aptitude, and values and work personality.
Additionally, they had to identify a training direction that matched their personal vocational profile.
completed the vocational assessment process with the help of the Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc.
Ed's vocational assessment results validated the computer information technology field.
completed career exploration to confirm a labor market opportunity in the computer field, as well as wage range.
After completing career exploration, Ed
would be employable and make enough money to suppoort himself and his
family, if he
completed training in the computer information technology field.
Ed started his computer training at Lassen Community College while he worked on overcoming his obstacles to attending Butte Community College, where he desired to finish his education.
During this time, Ed
received encouragement and supportive service assistance from AFWD, Inc.
Ed conquered his obstacles, moved to Chico and completed his education in Computer Information Technology at Butte Community College in May of 2006.
reported the service and the staff from EDD and AFWD, Inc.
were great, especially Athea Stephenson from AFWD
Ed is now working in an interim full time position for Butte Community College as a Telephone and Data Cable Technician.
will soon be interviewing for this year round permanent position.
And by the way, family life is "really good" for Ed