Newton job seeker rec­og­nized by state

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Newton County res­i­dent Vin­cent Le­wandowski was named Ge­or­gia’s Job Seeker of the Month for earn­ing a job af­ter com­plet­ing Ge­or­gia’s Work Ready Pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to the Gover­nor’s of­fice.

Af­ter 30 years of work­ing as a one-man con­struc­tion com­pany, Le­wandowski was hit hard by the con­struc­tion in­dus­try slow­down. Be­cause he had long wanted to work in health care, he went back to school to earn a nurs­ing de­gree, but the econ­omy soon made it nec­es­sary for him to go back to work.

“For eight months I searched ev­ery­where for a job with no luck,” Le­wandowski said. “I turned to Ge­or­gia Work Ready al­most as a last re­sort.”

Ge­or­gia Work Ready pro­gram tests job seekers on var­i­ous skills as­sess­ments, giv­ing cer­tifi­cates to those work­ers who pass. The pro­gram serves as a job pro­fil­ing sys­tem for busi­nesses.

Le­wandowski com­pleted his as­sess­ment, earn­ing a gold-level cer­tifi­cate, which, he said, boosted his morale and helped him land a job that uses both his con­struc­tion back­ground and his abil­ity to think and rea­son. He is plan­ning to im­prove his cer­tifi­cate to plat­inum level and looks for­ward to com­plet­ing his nurs­ing de­gree.

“Be­ing un­em­ployed was the most dif­fi­cult thing I have faced. Ge­or­gia Work Ready helped me get through a tough time, re­gain a han­dle on things and get some new per­spec­tive,” he said.

Each month, the state hon­ors a worker who has re­ceived a job af­ter com­plet­ing the pro­gram. Fea­tured Ge­or­gia Work Ready in­di­vid­u­als will re­ceive a $100 pre-paid in­cen­tive card in recog­ni­tion of their hard work.

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