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Submitted By: Imperial Valley ROP

IVROP Project Éxito Secures Job for Young Father

Student Background

Ramon Medina, 18, had a one-year-old daughter who was currently living with him. After graduating from Desert Oasis High School in 2012, he enrolled into Imperial Valley College (IVC) in pursuit of a business degree while he fulfills requirements for the Nursing program at IVC. Ramon’s true career aspiration is to become a Registered Nurse. He is currently going through the employability requirement of IVROP's Project Éxito. This program helped improve his resume and develop his interview skills.

Program Description

IVROP Project Éxito serves 65 youth offenders on an annual basis (between 16-24) of high poverty and high crime geographic locations in Imperial County (from specific US Census tracts in Brawley, Calexico, and El Centro). Target services include diversion and expungement, intensive case management support, individual career plans, education, tutoring, mentoring, paid on-the-job training, employability and nine months of follow-up. It is funded by the US Department of Labor.

Outcomes

On February 10, 2014, Ramon approached Las Palmitas Restaurant in El Centro to apply for a position as a cook. Ramon was shocked to learn that the person he handed his resume to was actually the owner of the restaurant. The owner looked over his resume, interviewed Ramon immediately and offered him a job. Ramon started working the same day. He currently balances the responsibility of school, work and raising his daughter.

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