Back on the Road
While out making deliveries, Kayla’s nightmare came true as her car suddenly sputtered to a stop. Rolling to the nearest mechanic, they told her it’d never be safe to drive again. She couldn’t risk her son’s safety in an unsafe vehicle. She also couldn’t afford to give up a car for her delivery route – her only means of income. Kayla quickly made an important decision to ask for some help from her parents and the WIOA program!
Moving back in with her folks meant giving up some independence, but it also meant that she could still work and finish up her degree while her parents watched her son. WIOA came in by providing her with some financial assistance for college and a number of pre-employment workshops.
With financial help and a team backing her up, Kayla finally had the support she needed to succeed. She won the “Best Student Award” in the Business Department at Nicolet College and was able to start an internship through the Department of Motor Vehicles. “My journey would have been much more difficult, if not impossible, if it weren’t for all of your help,” Kayla insists. “Not only financial, but motivational and emotional as well. I truly felt like I had somebody in my corner, cheering me on even when I wanted to throw in the towel.”
Kayla just graduated and is beginning her new career as a Customer Associate with the DMV. Thanks to the money-management workshops, she has even started saving for a new car. Congratulations, Kayla!
The Right Direction
Jeffrey wanted a new direction, but he felt like his internal GPS was turning him in circles. With his family counting on him, he turned to FSET. Today, we’re proud to say that Jeffrey has just started what he calls his “greatest success” – a new career with the City of Baraboo!
“You guys are the reason for my success,” Jeffrey says. FSET provided Jeffrey with gas vouchers and free training programs, so he could explore different careers and learn the skills needed to thrive on the job. With a strong support network, he knew that he always had real people to turn to with his questions and needs. He quickly became one of the most active participants in his office. “I never gave up,” Jeffrey says. He was determined “to see this through to the end and show everybody that…I can hang on with even the most important employers and succeed no matter what.”
To get a better idea of his abilities, Jeffrey started a Work Experience in the Parks and Recreation Department with the City of Baraboo. His Employment Specialist, Morgan, heard great feedback from his supervisors and asked if they had any openings. They were thrilled to add Jeffrey to their team!
Today, Jeffrey says that he’d like to work his way up to become a city official. He’s amazed that he could come on a program to feed his family and leave it with the confidence to “overcome anything!” Congratulations!