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Success Spotlight: Cleveland Everhart

Cleveland Everhart was having difficulty finding meaningful employment. After working security for a pub, he wanted to find a career in the skilled trades.

With this goal in mind, in February 2013 he began a 14-week Machinist training course at Focus: HOPE. He learned to read and interpret blueprints, solve shop math equations, and inspect machined parts to ensure that specifications are met.

After completing the program and graduating with a machinist certificate, he was referred to Operating Engineers local 324 located in Howell, MI for training as an operating engineer.

DOL photo 5 hi resLocal 324 also referred Cleveland to Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation’s ‘Detroit Registered Apprenticeship Program’ (D-RAP).

He visited one of DESC’s One-Stop Service Centers and attended Orientation, and then met with the One-Stop Service Center staff to review the requirements of D-RAP. He was found to meet all the requirements of the program and began the 60-hour Work Readiness training in early December 2013.

By coincidence, a portion of Mr. Everhart’s training overlapped with the launch of ‘Hire Detroit!’ – an awareness campaign designed to highlight the importance of getting Detroiters back to work. It was at this event that Mr. Everhart met U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and had the opportunity to tell him about his goals and what he wanted to gain from the D-RAP program.

Work Readiness training is rigorous, and includes two weeks of general employment readiness classroom training at the One-Stop Service Center. The training is conducted Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm and no absences are allowed during these initial two weeks. In addition to the classroom training, a further three to six weeks of training in the occupational field of the apprenticeship may occur.

Cleveland EverhartCleveland successfully completed his 60 hours of Work Readiness training on December 20, 2013 and upon completion was contacted by Operating Engineers Local 324 to begin their four year apprenticeship program.

Soon thereafter, on January 6, 2014 he secured employment with Barton Malow construction working as an Operating Engineer apprentice.

“What interested me in an apprenticeship was the opportunity to improve; I can develop a skilled trade, and also there was the opportunity for guaranteed employment.” – Cleveland Everhart

Cleveland is now nearly two years into his apprenticeship as an Operating Engineer. DESC’s D-RAP program has to date helped nearly 90 Detroiters get started on their new career path, developing in-demand skills that will help them to achieve economic independence.

If you are interested in starting a new career, visit one of our One-Stop Service Centers today.