Success Stories: John Bentley
Unemployed Widower uses Workforce System to Change Careers
John Bentley is a 50-year-old widower with three teenage daughters. In October 2004, he lost his job as a production manager in a textile and manufacturing company. Although he’d held the job for 26 years, John had never taken any formal business or management training. While he was taking General Education Development (GED) classes at Clackamas Community College (CCC), John connected with the workforce system for Clackamas County
John decided he was going to make a career change and already had a goal in mind. While caring for his mother, John decided to pursue a career in healthcare, and in particular, with an assisted living facility. John believed that his managerial experience would help him become an administrator. So, with the guidance of a CCC Workforce Specialist, John enrolled in a Job Search Skills class.
During the course, John learned how to network and arrange informational interviews. He successfully completed his GED and began networking within the assisted living industry. The workforce system provided financial assistance so John could attend a conference sponsored by the Oregon Healthcare Association. At the conference, he earned an industry certification in “Practicing Values in Community Based Care.” John later reported that attending this conference gave him the opportunity to expand his network of industry contacts which ultimately led to his position as an Assisted Living Facility Administrator.
John is now with Accolade Senior Housing Management where he is earning $17.31 per hour He’s made a successful transition into a high-growth occupation and is employed by a firm with numerous facilities and job growth opportunities.