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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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Danielle Smith’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on July 23, 2013

I am a hardworking, determined woman who was put in a difficult situation and without the help of these
community/federal/state programs; I would not be where I am today. I graduated in December 2012, from
the Medical Assistant Program with highest honors. I maintained a strong 4.0 GPA for the two years of the
program and was chosen to be the MC at the graduation ceremony. It was quite emotional and such an
honor. I had two job offers by the time I finished my clinicals, and am now employed at Wisconsin River
Orthopedics as a Certified Medical Assistant.

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Marlene Schmirler’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on May 22, 2013

On August 3rd, 2012, Marlene called Amy to inform her she had been offered a full time position at Aspirus Hospital as a data entry clerk and she’d also be able to use this for her internship experience. She was able to finish her last four classes and graduated with her associate degree in December.

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Jennifer Gear’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on April 22, 2013

Jennifer is one of our very successful participants in the WIA Adult Program. She graduated from Lakeland College in December of 2012 with her Bachelor Degree in Business Management. In March, Jennifer applied for and received a position with the state of Wisconsin as a Re-employment Training Specialist at the Wisconsin Rapids Job Center.

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Jamie Kizer’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on January 22, 2013

Jamie graduated from the Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement program at Mid-State Technical College in May 2011. He graduated with “distinction” and obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.784. After a very lengthy, thorough, and competitive selection process, Jamie started his new career as a Police Patrol Officer on November 20, 2011 with the City of Marshfield Police Department. Jamie works full-time making $21.00 per hour which is approximately 135% of his previous dislocation wage. Just recently, he was assigned as Assistant Liaison Officer for the Marshfield Police Auxiliary. Jamie says he would never have been able to achieve his goal of becoming a police officer without the help of the WIA Dislocated Worker Program and the support of family, specifically his wife Sheri.

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Kristi Luchterhand’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on December 22, 2012

Kristi started her new job as a Respiratory Therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield in August. She works part-time (20 hours per week). In order to obtain full-time hours, Kristi also started working as a Respiratory Therapist at North Central Health Care – Marathon County in Wausau. This is also part-time (approximately 15 hours per week). Working these two positions, Kristi’s combined earnings are approximately 122% of her previous dislocation wage.

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Rick Lunde’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on August 22, 2012

Soon after his graduation, Rick was offered a job at the Harley Davidson Dealership in Northern Wisconsin. WIA provided him with mileage and other supportive services to assist him on his trip back to Wisconsin. He is now working full time and happy about reaching his dream goal of working on bikes.

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Kevin Thorson’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on July 22, 2012

One of the employers from the roundtable event had called and said they were interested in setting up an interview with me the following day, June 21st. When I got to the interview, I met with the plant manager. He took me straight to his office, sat down, pulled out a packet of information and proceeded to show me what my hourly wage would be and what benefits I would be receiving. All I could think was “am I dreaming and, is this really happening?” I was being offered a job and I hadn’t even finished my schooling yet. This opportunity was based on the new skills that I learned in the Machine Tooling program and the conversations that I had at the employer roundtable. Without either of those two things, I would not have had the opportunity to get this job.

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Kristina K. Schultz’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on May 22, 2012

I am currently employed with Forward Service Corporation, case managing the W2 Program at the Marathon County Job Center. For once in my life, I am able to give back and help others who are in the same situation I was once in. I can tell them there is hope and to remember to not look back, because they are no longer moving in that direction. Follow your dreams and dare to do the impossible! If I can do it, I know that anyone else can too!

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Jenifer McCandless’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on April 22, 2012

Jenifer is now in her last semester and has been actively looking for employment. She was recently contacted by two different employers and was asked to submit applications for Civil Engineering positions she was unaware they had available. She has already interviewed for several Civil Engineering positions throughout the state and has additional interviews lined up.

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Rhonda Strzelecki’s Success Story

Posted in Success Stories on September 22, 2011

With the helpful relationship of her case manager, Joan and WIA funding, Rhonda accomplished her goal. She completed the RN Program, passed her State Board Exam, and became gainfully employed as the Charge Nurse at a Care Facility in Rhinelander. Currently Rhonda has taken another step up the career ladder by doing contract work as a Ventilator Nurse and providing flu shots for a local pharmacy. Rhonda is earning over $36 per hour and providing a valuable service in her community.

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