California Job Center Helps Veteran Get Career Back on Track

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Editor’s note: This story was adapted from a post by the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.

Marine Corps veteran Gregory Lincoln was 59 when word came down that his IT specialist position was being eliminated. Gregory had more than 20 years of professional experience in IT and education-related fields, as well as degrees in business administration, criminal justice, and information technology. Unemployment was devastating.

“My family was facing our darkest moment ever and we had no hope,” Gregory says. “My wife and I just bought a home. I didn’t know where to turn.”

That changed when his local veterans’ center referred him to the High Desert America’s Job Center of California in Victorville. The support, encouragement, and guidance he received from his “angel crew,” as he calls them, put him on the path to success.

“I’d started thinking something was wrong with me. I was on the verge of losing my home and no jobs were coming in,” he says. “They came in and boosted my confidence when it was at its lowest level.”

From left: Sam McMakin, Christine Watson, Gregory Lincoln and Shelly Wolfe.
From left: Sam McMakin, Christine Watson, Gregory Lincoln and Shelly Wolfe.

His three “angels” – veterans representatives Sam McMakin and Shelly Wolfe from the California Employment Development Department, and Christine Watson from the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department – took Gregory under their wings, aligning his…

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