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NCWWDB’s Training Programs are Life Changing

NCWWDB’s “Success Stories” are an amazing collection of testimony to the extraordinary value and positive impact WIA has made throughout our communities. The Board has helped shape the career paths of workers from all walks of life. Below are the stories of citizens who have used WDB resources to become exceptional employees and strong community leaders.

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Constance Case’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 29, 2016

From a very young age, Connie learned to be strong. As a young teenager, she lost her father and was forced into the workforce. Connie took any job she could to help support her mother and sister. She lived her life without the opportunity to really focus on herself and her own career. Connie experienced many personal struggles that created additional stress in her life. Nearly seven years ago, Connie lost her mother. This was an eye opening, ah ha moment for Connie, she had two beautiful children of her own to raise. Connie wanted to be the best mom she could for her children. Life was a challenge, but Connie persevered.

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William Crowell’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 28, 2016

Barty was a young adult in need of guidance. He worked seasonal jobs, but needed some assistance in setting a career path. He began the welding program at Mid-State Technical College thinking he was on his way. But in 2015, Barty endured three deaths in his family. The emotional stress was overwhelming and Barty couldn’t concentrate on his classes. It was a difficult decision, but he quit school. This unfortunate situation left Barty with a financial aid bill that would prevent him from returning to school.

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Robin Stafford’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 28, 2016

“My future goals and aspirations pertain to making a difference in other people’s lives. It’s my heart’s desire to help people and be good to them by generously ‘paying forward’ what I have already generously received.” These words are from Robin Stafford, the 2016 WIOA Dislocated Worker program recipient. Robin knows all too well the meaning and purpose of the Dislocated Worker program.

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Randi Drace’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 30, 2015

Having lost her job, Randi made a decision that drastically effected her and her family, but a decision that would lead to a better life. Randi had always dreamed of having her college degree and pursued it with her family’s support and the support of the WIA Dislocated Worker program. Through all the hardships that she endured while in school, Randi never gave up on her dream.

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Lindsey Huffman’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 30, 2015

Watching her father work on diesel engine and being around heavy equipment, Lindsey knew exactly what her career would be; she wanted to be a Diesel Mechanic like her father. She knew that this wasn’t going to be an easy path, but she knew she could do it. Through the difficult times, with the support of her family and the WIA Adult program, Lindsey accomplished her dream.

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Bessie McGee’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 30, 2015

With the move to Wausau from Chicago, Bessie saw a chance to better her life and create a brighter future. What had seemed impossible had now become a reality; Bessie had not only successfully completed her program, but excelled from her classes to creating relationships in the community and mentoring other young women who are going through what she had been through.

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Matt Nievinski’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on June 1, 2014

Matt was offered a full time position as an IT Support Specialist with a local manufacturer prior to graduating in May 2013. Matt is very satisfied in his new career and feels his training program provided him the experience and professional skills needed to become a valued employee. Matt had this to say about the program and his case managers, “This funding helped greatly to reduce the financial stress while I was in school and showed that WIA cared and wanted to help with more than just tuition or books.” Kudos Matt!

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Kim Johnson’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on February 22, 2014

Five months later, Kim called to let Amy know she had job offers from two different companies and was in wage negotiations with both. She ended up accepting the offer from Collaborative Consulting, started her new career as a QA Analyst on June 1st, and has been happily working there since.

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Stephanie Braaksma’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on November 22, 2013

I followed my coach’s recommendations and a couple weeks after my work experience concluded, I was hired on as a permanent employee. Windows to Work gave me an opportunity to try different things until I found what was right for me. I didn’t expect it to be in retail, but I love the job I have with Goodwill.

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Jacob Neathery’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 23, 2013

In only one year, Jacob has earned his EMT diploma, received his GED, secured a full time job, and moved out on his own to support him and his young family. He has shown he will continue to do well by taking his EMT state certification test this fall, begin a career related job at St. Mary’s Hospital, and attend paramedic training next spring. This young man has shown he can and will do it all!

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