Opportunity to Shine
William always wanted to find a career where he could use his natural mechanical skills. He joined the WIOA Youth program to figure out how he could get started. All it took was the right opportunity. Today, William could not be happier to be starting on a lifelong career in manufacturing.
As soon as William heard that a short-term Machine Tool Training was available in the WIOA Adult program, he wanted to learn more. He knew that this was his chance to get in the field as a CNC operator. Before long, William was diving headfirst into 36 hours of training a week.
With the support of his WIOA staff, William knew he could succeed. WIOA covered tuition and even provided gas vouchers to help him with his long commute to the training at Northcentral Technical College. Plus, WIOA Youth offered him the chance to tutor as a paid Work Experience. He taught math and blueprint reading to other students in his training class. This was a great chance to prove himself while earning money for the future.
By the time he graduated, William felt confident and prepared. While he was training, WIOA staff actively worked with William on his job search. They updated his resume, prepared for interviews, and applied for work together. Meanwhile, the NCWWDB team helped William network with actively hiring companies. Soon, William had several interviews lined up.
Today, he is excited to be working with Wausau Window and Wall Systems. William says that the wages and benefits are better than he ever expected, and he is thankful for this opportunity. Congratulations!
To the Future
“Enrolling in [Wisconsin Works] was the first step to our future,” says Nadiesky, who fled to the United States a year ago with her husband and family. “I was a lawyer in Cuba, and it was difficult for me to transfer my degree in this country. When I arrived, I could only say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and needed an interpreter for most conversations.” Today, Nadiesky speaks fluent English, both parents have found good jobs through the Wisconsin Works program, and they are happy to be building a strong future for their family on American soil.
Nadiesky says that Wisconsin Works guided her family through obstacles they never imagined they would face. Within the first three months, however, their lives were already improving. The cash assistance, cultural education, and job training helped her husband find a good job. After recovering from a difficult pregnancy, Nadiesky also wanted to work. She seized every opportunity she could to move forward and quickly learned that co-enrolling in the WIOA program could help. “I started to study English, and I applied for other assistance programs,” she tells us. Nadiesky soon enrolled in a CNA program, passed her tests, and found a job that is turning into a career. “I am continuing my education to become [a licensed nurse]. W-2 and WIOA are supporting me in the process, and WIOA is able to help me pay for the licences,” Nadiesky says with a smile.
These programs supported Nadiesky’s education and helped both parents get clothing and gas vouchers for their new jobs. They helped Nadiesky find “a safe place [for her son] to go and learn at daycare” so she could focus on her studies and find work. Plus, a referral to Habitat for Humanity helped them purchase a lot to build their new home on. “When I arrived in this country my dream was to have my own home for my family. And now it is very close!… I could not feel happier.”
Nadiesky says that her children motivated her throughout this huge transition. “It is very important to me to set a good example for my kids” she stated. “I imagine that [they] will go to the university… Thank you God. Thank you W-2. Thank you to all the people who helped me. It made such a difference,” she says. We are happy to see your family succeed in their new home. Congratulations!