"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen R. Covey
Kimberly is a single mother who was struggling to pay her bills and keep her head above water. She had a job as an outside sales rep, which was unpredictable and left her frequently out of work. Though discouraged and overwhelmed, she decided to take a leap and change her life.
Kimberly knew that sales was not a career that would be sustainable for her and her family, so she turned her attention to finding a way to go back to school. Taking classes seemed out of the question, especially because she was already struggling to pay her bills, but, her decision was made and she was going to find a way to make it work. Then, she found out about CareerSource Suncoast and the Workforce Investment Act program.
"I was a struggling single mother working an outside sales job and didn't know where to turn. WIA allowed me the opportunity to go back to school and learn a trade that I love," Kimberly said.
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The Workforce Investment Act assists individuals in securing full-time employment at a self-sufficient wage. Part of this act provides funding to send people back to school so they can learn the skills they need to begin or continue on a path toward a high-demand career.
Kimberly worked with one of our career counselors and through skills assessments and looking at industries where she could find a steady job, she discovered that she had a passion for helping people and that she could do so as an orthopaedic technician.
Thanks to WIA she was fully funded and able to go to school. During the program, she completed an internship with one of the largest ortho groups in Florida, and they were so happy with her that they made her a job offer as soon as she graduated.
Kimberly's story is just one of thousands that we encounter each year, and while each one is different, hers is still an important story to tell. It's about how a person can be in the worst situation they can imagine and then find the strength to pick themselves up and move forward. Finding that strength is the first step. It's complicated. It's scary. But, it's entirely possible.
You may not be happy with where you are right now, but take that first step and make the decision to do better, to be better. We want to help you get there.
CareerSource Suncoast may have funding available to assist you with tuition or job training. Give us a call at (941) 358-4200.
Ted Ehrlichman, president and CEO of CareerSource Suncoast, writes about workforce issues across the region.