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Power Up works, participant says


Gary O’Quinn, a graduate of a recent Power Up program for career development, says the program does work.

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Gary O’Quinn, a graduate of the Power Up program, addresses people in attendance at a recent celebration of achievement and accomplishments for program participants.

O’Quinn said he’s proof — he went into Power Up to prove his ability so someone would give him a chance. The program gave him that chance, he says.

“Today, I have not one but two jobs and I’m here to tell you this program works,” the St. George’s man said at a recent celebration highlighting the accomplishments of seven participants.

O’Quinn is working one job as a personal care attendant and another with United Clean, according to a recent prepared release from the Community Education Network.

The career development program, sponsored by the network with funding from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills, has been running since 2008. It offers training and resources to adults 25 or older who receive Income Support, but who are also looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Participants complete all phases of the program, including four weeks of pre-employment training, a 930-hour work placement, continued skill training and a community service project. Other graduates included Amanda King, Brett McCrae, Cindy Woods, Kevin Williston, Rachel Young and Robert Collins.

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