Justin Tuttle standing in front of his Bowman Gas, Co. propane truck in a paved parking lot.

Achieving Goals: Long-Term Unemployed to Year-Round Delivery Driver 

This winter, Justin was laid off from his groundskeeper and maintenance job. He visited the Luce County Michigan Works! American Job Center to register for work as required by the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Justin informed staff he had a long history of unemployment and hoped to change that trend. Justin expressed a desire to obtain year-round employment to provide financial stability to his family of four. He shared his long-term goal of obtaining a Class A CDL truck driver, but regretfully let staff know he could not afford the required training. Additionally, he did not plan to return to work with his separating employer because his other goal was to secure year-round employment.   

Michigan Works! staff worked with Justin to enroll him in a program to prepare him to achieve his goals.  First, staff assisted Justin in securing the training required to overcome his cycle of unemployment.  Staff worked with Justin to enroll in a 160-hour Class A CDL course at Midwest Truck Driving School.  A month later, through perseverance, he achieved goal one, a Class A CDL.   

Next, staff referred Justin to a year-round CDL Propane Delivery Driver job with Bowman’s Gas Company in his hometown.  This position had been advertised on Pure Michigan Talent Connect. Justin applied and accepted full-time, 12 month employment at Bowman’s.     

Justin started employment as a Propane Delivery Driver for Bowman’s Gas Company less than two months after beginning his training.  He is now working 40 hours per week at a sustainable wage to support his family and achieve his second goal of full-time employment utilizing the training he strived for with the assistance of Michigan Works!.