WOONSOCKET â Jacob Jodoin knew he was in trouble.
He was plenty willing to work hard, but four years after graduating from the cityâs technical high school, heâd held nothing but a series of dead-end jobs.
Sometimes he worked 17 hours a day, alternating between prep cook and delivery boy at a pizza parlor. His boss wouldnât even pay him overtime.
âIt was killing me,â says Jodoin, now 21. âI knew I had to do something.â
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn, and in Jodoinâs case, it was literally true. Just as he was finishing up a pre-sunrise delivery shift at the pizza joint, he heard an ad on his car radio promoting a Providence-based organization called Year Up. They were reaching out to unemployed and underemployed high school graduates looking for a way to break into upwardly mobile, white-collar professions. His curiosity piqued, Jodoin went home, did some research, and within a few days he found himself in a face-to-face interview for a spot in Year Upâs next class.
Full story appears on page A1 in Monday's Call and Monday's Times.