A Little Energy, A Lot of Love
With a young child at home and a baby girl on the way, Samantha knew her future was going to take a lot of love to get right. That’s why she enrolled in Wisconsin Works. Today, Sam is giving her family the stable future they deserve with her new job, while she continues her studies to become an AODA counselor.
Already in her third trimester, Sam came to W-2 with a can-do attitude but little energy left for a job search. “Her positivity rubs off on anyone she meets,” says her case manager, Tessa. “She was successful in the past and used that motivation to get back to the person she always knew she was.” Sam worked with Tessa to plan a career path that would give her time to be a great mom and advance in life. W-2 helped her family stay financially stable after giving birth, and before maternity leave ended, Sam enrolled in classes at NWTC and got a part-time job at Cintas Uniform Services.
The part-time schedule is perfect for Sam, who is a full-time A student. She hopes to graduate within the next two years and start working as an AODA counselor right away. “She is a great role model for her children and wanted to show them that they can achieve anything,” says Tessa. You are doing a fantastic job, Sam! Congratulations!!
Practice Pays Off
When Sergio interviews for work, he’s the picture of confidence. He knows how to dress, how to act, and what to say – but he’d be the first to tell you it wasn’t always that way. Thanks to a helpful course of interview preparation, however, Sergio is starting his new career!
Sergio joined the FSC training as part of his work with the FSET program. The two-week course focused on helping students eliminate anxiety and practice showing employers their skills. “The class is very interactive and helpful in training people,” he says.
With three interviews lined up over the course of two weeks, Sergio would attend class in the morning, practice answering questions, and then head straight to an actual interview in the afternoon. “Each day he arrived, we watched to see what he would wear,” says his instructor Crystal. If it was a dress shirt and pants, they knew he was off to an interview and helped him prepare for the specific job he wanted. As a result, he’s starting his career as a Customer Service Representative with Alorica!
Great work, Sergio!