Marty Jordan had worked in a factory setting for all is adult life. As he got older it became more difficult to keep up, but he continued to persevere. Unexpectedly, he was laid off of his job of six years. He was at a crossroads. Rather than stress and give up, the Navy Veteran took advantage of an opportunity he had heard about from his cousin. The opportunity came in the form of the KCEOC KY Career Center and its Community Impact Program.

The Community Impact Program is designed to help those who find themselves down on their luck due to employment hardships. The program is aimed at providing training to clients in an effort of helping them achieve the ultimate goal of self-sustaining employment. Marty said, “I knew I had one chance. This was the perfect opportunity. It allowed me to learn a skill to not only land a job, but offered me an opportunity at a career.”

A career was Marty’s goal when visited the KCEOC KY Career Center in December 2015. He had a plan and was motivated to make a better life for himself. After meeting with Career Advisor, Jacqueline Pillay, and determining his eligibility, it was decided that Marty would attend college and work towards a degree in HVAC.

Marty worked hard to achieve his goal, making the Dean’s List multiple times during his time at Somerset Community College. Things weren’t always easy for Marty however, he was determined to succeed. He received continuous support and encouragement from not only his career advisor, but from everyone at the KCEOC KY Career Center. “They really took an interest in what I was working to accomplish. It was the chance of a lifetime. I knew the opportunity I was being given, and I wanted to work that much harder to make it work. There was no way I could let this pass by.”

After two years of hard work and perseverance, Marty achieved his goal in May 2018. He graduated with not only his Associates degree in HVAC with four certificates and his EPA License as well. He was hired just two weeks after graduating by Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin, KY as an Engineer. Marty says that he loves his job, and no longer has the stress or burden of not being completely self-sufficient.  Marty was very thankful for the program and how it helped him achieve his goals. He said it was a blessing to him.

Marty believes in helping others and decided to give back to the community. A couple of ways he has demonstrated this is by mentoring other participants in the WIOA Community Impact program which he himself successfully completed; he also has spoken to a group of students in the WIOA In-school Youth Program about work ethic and perseverance.

When asked if Marty would recommend the Community Impact Program to others he responded “Absolutely. The personal connection I experienced with the crew at the Career Center is something I will never forget. They really care about helping people, and want to see the best for everyone who walks through their doors. I’m extremely grateful for everything they’ve done for me.”