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Date: 05/01/2024
Career Pathway: Not Available
Program: IL Works
Impacted Geographical Area: City or ZIP Code
Location of Service: 60302-2303

We met Brianna from a school we visited on the South side; she was going through some difficult times, and she has a young child. She wanted to be a role model and show her child that a person’s dreams and goals can come true through challenging situations. Brianna has completed the MOA Program, took the certification exam, and passed the first time. She did not have enough confidence in herself when she started the program. Now, Brianna will be completing her internship and looking forward to a promising career; what helped Brianna was that the MOA program offered free tuition. She does not have to worry about any debt. She is motivated and encouraged by what the future has for her!

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Stephanie Najera Overcoming a crippling car crash

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Date: 05/01/2024
Career Pathway: Other Services (Except Public Administration)
Program: IL Works
Impacted Geographical Area: City or ZIP Code
Location of Service: 60302-2303

Stephanie came to us with low expectations due to a severe, unfortunate car accident. Her family was even afraid for her to participate in the MOA program, thinking it would be too difficult for her due to her car accident. She encountered many challenges. That did not stop her; Stephanie did not listen to her family and committed to the program. Today, Stephanie has completed the MOA program, passed the certification exam, is doing her internship in an occupational setting, and is eager to help others. Knowing the difficulties she endured, she wants to give back. 

The speech to her class at graduation is very emotional and inspirational and is as follows:

My name is Stephanie. I am 27 years old. It was one of my biggest dreams to return to school and get a career in the medical field, and thanks to Rincon Family Services, I could reach that dream. It was hard work, but we had a strong community of people who helped us every step of the way. We face many obstacles in life, and sometimes, we get discouraged. I faced many challenges going back to school, such as financial issues, real-life problems, and people doubting that I wasn't going to be able to finish the program because of my physical health. Two years ago, I had a tragic car accident where I almost lost my life because of a drunk driver. I fractured my spine and broke my legs, but thanks to GOD, I am here today. I put in the challenging work in physical therapy for over a year, and I learned how to walk again; for that, I am forever grateful, and for that reason, my passion grew to be in the medical field to be able to help others no matter what obstacle came my way. I strived to be the best every day. Every late night staying up to study was worth being here today and saying I did it! It gives me so much joy and is my first step in the right direction for a better future!

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Anthony Robles Success Story

When we met Anthony, he w... +
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Date: 05/01/2024
Career Pathway: Other Services (Except Public Administration)
Program: IL Works
Impacted Geographical Area: State (Illinois)
Location of Service: 60302-2303

When we met Anthony, he was so excited about starting the program. Anthony was still in College; his dream was to be a Doctor. He loves to work with the community. Anthony completed the MOA program and participated in the internship; he was so geared toward what he wanted that when he took the certification exam, he passed the exam on the first try.  Anthony Completed his internship and was hired at the Urgent Medical Center. He loves what he does and is always motivated to help others.

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Keyber Majano Underdog Story

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Date: 05/01/2024
Career Pathway: Other Services (Except Public Administration)
Program: IL Works
Impacted Geographical Area: City or ZIP Code
Location of Service: 60302-2303

He is a wheelchair user and accomplishes his goals of going into the medical field by completing the program, completing his internship, and landing a job working at an occupational therapy center. He gives hope to everyone to overcome their challenges regardless of their situation. He also received his CMAA certificate. He is a role model and inspires everyone every day.

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From "PWE" to "OJT"

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Name: Dennis Emilio
Date: 04/29/2024
Career Pathway: Government and Public Administration
Program: WIOA Youth
Impacted Geographical Area: LWIA
Location of Service: 62221-2665

Dennis Maldonado Wiley is an In-School Youth Program Participant through the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department. He is a part-time student majoring in political science at Southwestern Illinois College. Before joining, Dennis had never heard about the WIOA program until one day, by chance at Lowe’s, when an employee's husband was around and happened to bring it up. Dennis’s mouth dropped at all the services and opportunities the program provides youth, and he was highly interested from the beginning.

Soon after enrolling in the program, Dennis began and completed his Paid Work Experience (PWE) at St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department as an Office Assistant for LIHEAP. His supervisor and colleagues would constantly discuss the pleasure of having Dennis in the office. His consistent strong work ethic and positive attitude led to an interview with the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk as his Paid Work Experience was nearing the end. The Circuit Clerk and his staff were impressed with Dennis during the interview and agreed to On-the-Job Training (OJT). Dennis has been working there since January 2024 and has been doing great!

When Dennis and his Career Specialist met for the first time, Dennis had only been in the United States for about a month. He was raised in Bolivia and had lived there most of his life. It was a culture shock both socially and economically. Despite having very little, Dennis got the proper attire for his new job through supportive services. Transportation has been a barrier for Dennis because he and his family share one car. Dennis learned how to take the city bus early on, which is how he gets to work. Dennis also lacked confidence when he came into the program, but throughout his journey and new experiences, Dennis has since bloomed into a confident young man. Dennis is still participating and excelling in his On-the-Job Training at the St. Clair County Courthouse. Although being a college student and working is not easy, Dennis continues to push forward – eased and facilitated by our available resources. Dennis is excited and hopeful about his future. He is eternally grateful to have learned and become part of the WIOA Youth Program.

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New Career through Apprenticeship IL

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Name: Douglas
Date: 04/26/2024
Career Pathway: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Program: Apprenticeship Illinois
Location of Service: 62948-3402

Doug Crider found himself at a crossroads – remaining at a job he hated or risk to go in a new direction. “I thought, if I wait too much longer, it’ll be too late to start something new,” Doug explained. He enjoyed mechanical work for years and noticed a job posting on Indeed for a diesel mechanic at Pepsi MidAmerica. During his interview, Doug was introduced to Man-Tra-Con’s Registered Apprenticeship Program in Industrial Truck Maintenance and realized he could pursue training he would enjoy.

Pepsi MidAmerica hired Doug and helped him enroll in the Industrial Truck Maintenance Apprenticeship Program. Doug quickly realized he had found the right path. Man-Tra-Con provided the tools Doug needed to start as a diesel mechanic, allowing him to begin on-the-job training at Pepsi MidAmerica while earning a sustainable wage. “[The apprenticeship] helped me know this is the career I want versus just a job,” Doug said. “Great people are training me.”