Real people sharing real success through Career Solution Programs!
Success Story: Luke
Before enrolling into Career Solution’s Dislocated Worker Program, Luke was a carpenter. He had surgery on his back, and then his position was eliminated due to company restructuring. Luke knew he needed to make a career change. He knew he would be able to succeed in the IT field but he needed some formal training/ education to gain a position. Luke thought maybe the DW program would be able to help him. Through the DW Program, Luke was able to take the NCRC exam and Compute‐A‐Match career assessment, receive career counseling and guidance along with assistance with school programs/ offerings and tuition funding for a program which he is passionate. Now that Luke has completed the program, he says he is “more focused on his family, future goals and plans.” Luke said he is “more driven in his new career path and is very passionate about his career choice.” Luke is now an Information Security Analyst at Netgain in St. Cloud. He said the most helpful services of the Dislocated Worker Program were the career exploration guidance from his career planner and tuition assistance. He said he would definitely recommend the Dislocated Worker Program to other workers who lose their jobs.
Success Story: Anna
Before enrollment of Career Solution’s Dislocated Worker Program, Anna was a PRIDE Specialist with Independent Lifestyles, Inc. She was separated from her position and was devastated as it was a job she enjoyed, believed in, and intended to stick with long‐term. Anna enrolled in the Dislocated Worker Program. Anna said the services that were most beneficial for her were 1:1 guidance on how to set up her resume and other job search related documents including cover letter, reference list, letters of recommendation and LinkedIn page, which helped her market herself to employers. She said she was also guided in how to handle certain aspects of the interview process which she also found to be beneficial. When asked how she has changed throughout and following the completion of the program, Anna said she feels “more confident about her resume and employment history as well as the end result of getting a higher paying job as a Mental Health Adult Case Manager with a great company the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, with better benefits and opportunity for growth and advancement.” When asked what she found most helpful with the DW Program, she said working 1:1 with her career planner. She said she would definitely recommend the Dislocated Worker Program to other workers who lose their jobs.
Success Story: D’Shawn
D’Shawn was enrolled in Career Solution’s WIOA Youth Program. “Before enrolling in the WIOA Youth Program, I was jobless and struggling in school. The Youth Program seemed like a supportive fit for me because my career planner was so understanding of my situation. Along with counseling and guidance, she was able to assist me with bus passes and professional clothes for job interviews which eventually led to my landing a job in banking with Capital One. I am currently earning $15.46/hour and have become more financially stable as well as budget conscientious. Throughout this process, I found that the support (even on my worst days) and knowing that I was never alone were the most helpful components of the program. I would highly recommend this program to others as it has been such a blessing in my life.”
Success Story: Hannah
Hannah was enrolled in Career Solution’s WIOA Youth Program. “Before enrolling into the WIOA Youth Program, I was unemployed, living in an unstable home, trying to provide for my son while doing everything in my power to get a job. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I thought the WIOA Youth Program would be a good fit for me as I thought it would be great to get more education (as a single mom) and help with finding a job. Some beneficial services I received from the Youth Program were the education that I needed in my field of work, assistance with gas expenses and child care, and job search help. I have grown wiser in my field and have been able to make the changes necessary to have a job I love getting up for. I gained more confidence in myself. I am now a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) at the Vein Center. The most helpful services offered through the Youth Program for me were help with navigating my life/ schooling/ making changes to fit a work schedule and assistance with schooling. I would absolutely recommend the WIOA Youth Program to others! I have been able to make it so much further than I could have on my own. The help provided by my career planner was everything I could have asked for!”