Chris, Construction Inspector
let go from his position with Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality
(DEQ) where he worked as an Environmental Scientist II for two years. Prior to that he had worked for Waste
Management as a Project Manager in Hazardous Solid Waste.
Inc. Dislocated Worker (DW) program staff assisted Chris in looking for employment
as a Project Manager, Construction Engineer or as an Environmental
Manager. After applying for numerous
positions in the region and interviewing for a few of them, he quickly realized
that the certifications that he had let expire while working for VA DEQ and
Waste Management were an important requirement for every job he applied or was qualified for.
and DW staff reviewed numerous job announcements in his field in Southwest Virginia
and compiled a list of certifications that were required the most in those
announcements. In order to earn the certifications, Chris would have to take ten
(10) eight (8) hour courses offered by DEQ and Virginia Department of
Transportation (VDOT) and then pass an exam administered
by Pearson-Vue for each certification.
to complete the classes, the client had to travel to various locations around
the state from Hampton Roads to Abingdon.
Dislocated Worker program funding paid for the ten courses and exams and
Chris paid for the travel, (mileage, hotel and food) expenses incurred while
attending the classes. Chris completed
the courses and finished testing for the final two certifications in early 2018,
earning a total of three (3) certifications:
Concrete Plant and Field Certification; DEQ Erosion and Sediment Control
Combined Administrator and DEQ Storm Water Management Combined Administrator. Once Chris completed the courses and added
them to his resume he quickly received multiple job offers. He accepted a position with MBP INC. as a
Construction Inspector because it allowed him to remain in Southwest
Virginia. Chris earns $23 per hour and
has a full benefits package including medical benefits for him and his family. In summary, Chris completed his
certifications successfully and obtained gainful, unsubsidized employment
utilizing his existing and upgraded skills.