Henry Black had set a goal for himself while incarcerated to redirect his career after he was released. He knew he enjoyed working with his hands and was ready to set his life straight, when his sister saw an advertisement for the Outreach Career Center's vocational programs. After a quick call for more information and a placement test in math, Henry began classes with CPO and graduated in November of 2018. He says of his time in the welding program; "This group became a family. Everyone was very involved and really cared about what each student needed to accomplish." From food assistance for students and their families to help with transportation, the small things that the instructors and staff did for everyone let students know how much they cared and wanted them to succeed. Henry set a number of new goals for himself, following his graduation from the Outreach Career Center: he is now working at Chicago Heights Steel, he completed his parole, he purchased a car and a home, and is engaged to be married. He feels that he succeeded completing the welding classes and in achieving these goals and by "motivating himself to make those things a priority."
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