Meet Larry Finley - Carson
Throughout his professional career, US Army Veteran and Carson resident, Larry Finley had obtained safety experience and discovered that he had a passion for it. After his military service, Mr. Finley worked for the Drug Enforcement Agency for six years in Honduras and Nicaragua until an injury led to him being medically discharged. Visiting a friend overseas led him to pursue his education at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. Mr. Finley worked for a protective services agency in Torrance for 20 years until the business suddenly shut down. He found himself unemployed and not really sure which direction to take. He worked some temporary and consultant jobs but there were no solid leads for permanent employment.
Mr. Finley became very concerned about how he would support his family of five. During a job search he discovered the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and Inglewood One-Stop. With the help of the Inglewood One Stop staff, Larry was able to learn about the Advanced Safety Training Program offered by the Occupational Safety Councils of America (OSCA). His previous work experience could translate into a career in occupational safety.
Outcome and Benefits:
Mr. Finley was able to attend the Advanced Safety Attendant Program offered by OSCA at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. He also obtained additional Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications. With all the additional training, Mr. Finley secured a full-time, permanent position as an Environmental Health & Safety Supervisor with a local transportation company this past July, with an annual salary of approximately $75,000.
With all the additional training, Mr. Finley secured a full-time, permanent position as an Environmental Health & Safety Supervisor with a local transportation company.