Whistle While You Work
With his new job, Josh is definitely dancing to a different tune these days and as he begins 2018 in a much different place than the year before.
Josh enrolled in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) program feeling pretty discouraged. He’d been sending out applications and resumes that never seemed to lead to interviews. Companies in the area were hiring, so when would it be his turn?
Meeting with Colt, one of our WIOA Career Service Specialists, they decided to take a different approach. Rather than just sending out applications, Colt suggested they take some time to figure out what Josh really wants to do for work. Using some career assessments, career exploration, and, of course, the Internet, they not only quickly figured out that one of Josh’s passions is music; they also came up with a plan to use this to his advantage.
Josh and Colt floated the idea of a work experience at Jim Laabs Music Store – with 60 years of experience in making musical dreams come true. Working in shipping and receiving, Josh impressed his bosses, who then signed an On-the-Job training contract through WIOA after finishing the work experience.
This has been one of those great experiences where everyone wins: Jim Laabs Music Store is happy to add someone to their team and Josh is just in love with his new job. He says that he really appreciates the “fast-paced environment,” adding that “I am ever so glad that the WIOA Youth program could help me get a work experience and job here.”
Thank you to Jim Laabs and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board for making this possible and congratulations to Josh.
Look at Him Now! A TrANS Graduate Update
We’ve talked about TrANS graduate Dan before. When he came to TrANS, he had just finished up a ten-year prison sentence and was making only $9/hour doing factory work. He wanted more.
Through TrANS, Dan learned the ins and outs of the industry and gained the confidence to showcase his drive and talents to employers. Since graduating, Dan hasn’t looked back. In fact, his first job offer came a few days before graduation as he packed up his car and drove from Green Bay to Fennimore, WI to work. He’s been working hard at Mega-Rentals the last couple of years, while also pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Business. His family, including his partner and their four children, have purchased their first home this year.
We received great news from Dan recently, and are excited to announce his graduation from St. Norbert College this December! “What a surreal experience. I graduate next month. Unbelievable!!” he says.
Ranard, Dan’s TrANS instructor, never misses an opportunity to talk about what a fantastic person Dan is. “Dan is the most committed TrANS grad I have ever had. No grad has referred more successful graduates to our program (not even close). No grad advocates for this program more than Dan. This man continues to inspire me to go the distance simply because that is exactly what he does.”
Dan, we congratulate you, and we thank you for inspiring us.