Ryan Starts His Career in Logistics
After leaving the Navy, Ryan’s life was one transition after another, as he searched for his place in civilian life. Homeless, he enrolled in the FSET program for some help. With the right training, it only took a month before he found a career he’s excited about.
We got to know him through the first Logistics Professionals class last month. To say that Ryan was determined to succeed is an understatement. With no car, he rode his bike to the office every day for class – even in the rain. He stayed late, worked ahead, and used all of the extra instructional content we put in there for the most motivated students. He also worked with the staff to make his awesome resume and get his interviewing skills as good as possible.
This all paid off quickly. Ryan got a full-time job with PendaForm as soon as he graduated the class. He’s looking forward to benefits, insurance, and even bonus potential. But this isn’t just a job – it’s a career, and he can grow with by showing that same sense of dedication he brought to class.
Amanda’s Silver Lining
Amanda is one of those people who can see the silver lining in just about every cloud. When her days were darkened by the struggle to make ends meet, she turned to Wisconsin Works to bring that silver lining back into focus. Today, she’s bringing her great outlook to a career in healthcare!
“She came to every appointment with a smile on her face,” says Tessa, Amanda’s case manager. Although some of Amanda’s children have behavioral health problems, she wasn’t about to let the extra chaos dim her optimism. Instead, it strengthened her resolve to provide for them. She was eager for advice. Together, says Tessa, “Amanda and I were able to come up with plans and activities that fit her needs.”
In addition to helping Amanda arrange a schedule and plan her career path, W-2 also got her in touch with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. The DVR and W-2 worked together to provide the educational assistance Amanda needed to take classes for the CNA program at NWTC this fall.
Today, Amanda is starting her career in healthcare as a personal care worker with Clarity Care. She looks forward to advancing in the field as she learns more, as well as this chance to focus on being a great mom.
Congratulations job, Amanda!