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Before enrollment in Young Professionals, Maalek was unsure of what career path he wanted to take after his recent high school graduation from Phoenix High School. Maalek entered the program with limited technological employability skills and wasn't sure he could finish the 7-week program which was now being held virtually.

Maalek received an intense level of instruction and tutoring from his Career Coach who introduced him to various services related to career exploration, job search skills and leadership development. Maalek actively participated in the paid virtual work experience opportunity.

One of Maalek's biggest challenges entering the program was technology. Naturally good at working with his hands, remote computer-based work challenged him to step outside of his comfort zone and learn new skills.

Maalek learned valuable work skills, became a pivotal member on his team and his confidence skyrocketed with his ability to achieve anything he works hard for.  

Thanks to his success in the program, Maalek set his sights on a pre-apprenticeship construction training program through Career Now. Maalek says the Young Professionals program helped him clearly identify his interest in construction trades and the necessary next steps for his career path.