The participant finished his service in the Coast Guard and planned on staying in Alabama, but a visit home to Michigan reminded him and his wife how much they missed it. They packed up their family and returned to Michigan. They hoped to get employment immediately, but the participant was only able to find temp work and his wife learned her CNA license was not valid in Michigan.
He discovered the CompTIA A+ training program at Goodwill and knew this was a great fit for his love of technology. He started the training while continuing to work temp jobs. Soon, summer was over. His family was still living in a camper and the nights were starting to get chilly. He and his wife made the difficult decision to return to Alabama, where jobs were waiting for them. The participant vowed to study on his own and be certified by the end of his kids’ school year.
True to his word, he finished his A+ training on his own and passed both exams. He and his family returned to Grand Rapids where he accepted a job with Peckham. Now, he makes a wage that will truly support his family. Plus, his wife has returned to work. A lot has changed since they were living in a camper.