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Interview with Terrelle Tucker: A Workforce Program Success Story

“For me it happened so fast – I came to the Urban League of Portland – and just went from there – it took a couple of weeks and I had a job”
– Terrelle Tucker

After being released from incarceration in 2013, a relative recommended that Terrelle Tucker reach out to the Urban League of Portland for help gaining employment. Terrelle had used his time in prison well, using the time to earn an electricians license, but needed some help navigating the employment market and finding employers who would be willing to give him a chance.

“I was motivated to do something positive, to find work, so that I could take care of myself and take care of my family. To be positive. And not have to be on the streets and thinking that I have to do other things, that will make me money but also can really be bad for me”
– Terrelle Tucker

Terrelle worked with the Director of Workforce Development Debra Lindsay who helped him connect with a local electricians union and other resources that quickly led to his gaining a position with   O’Neill Electric.

Upon my release from incarceration the Urban League of Portland helped me with felony friendly jobs that may be out there and gave me the confidence to stay strong and let me know that there were people out there who would give me a chance and employers out there that would give me a chance – and that’s what actually happened. I feel like the Urban League will give you good advice on how to do what you need to do to get where you want to go”
– Terrelle Tucker