SC Works Celebrates Success!
Helen Wilburn Success Story
Mrs. Helen Wilburn attended WIA orientation 1-31-14. She had been laid off from her job of 30 years with Exopac as a lab technician. Her position had been relocated to their Wisconsin facility. Mrs. Wilburn had extensive experience in the Exopac lab but felt this would not be transferrable to other facilities since she only had training in their process. Prior to her 30 year job, she had attended training in the Secretarial Science but this was now outdated. Mrs. Wilburn realized that to be more marketable, she would need re-training in some area.
Mrs. Wilburn was enrolled in WIA 2-6-14 as a Dislocated Worker. Her interest profile showed strong in Social, Conventional and Investigative. We looked at opportunities in this area since she was not sure what field she wanted to train in. Mrs. Wilburn took every opportunity provided to gain knowledge and skills that would get her back in the workforce. She tested in Work Keys, attaining a Bronze level. She took advantage of the Financial Fitness Workshop in addition to the Preferred Pass Workshop to attend the SC Works Job Fair. Mrs. Wilburn also attended a 4 part Job Club that offered training in resume preparation and interviewing skills. On July 21, her Career Consultant came to her with a Work Experience opportunity with Spartanburg County in an administrative capacity for 10 weeks. Although Mrs. Wilburn knew this didn’t come with a job offer, she took this opportunity to build her resume with current skills and allow her the opportunity to network in the community.
Mrs. Wilburn successfully completed the project the County Office had requested, gaining administrative skills she had previously lacked. This experience had also demonstrated to her supervisors her excellent work ethic. She was offered a position with Spartanburg County and started 11-17-14. Mrs. Wilburn’s positive attitude along with her determination to take advantage of everything offered brought her very successful results. We are very proud of Mrs. Wilburn’s success.
Michael Dunne Success Story
Mr. Dunne was employed by DirecTV at the time of enrollment and was finding it difficult to financially support his wife and two children. Additionally, Mr. Dunne had developed arthritis in his hands, which made the wiring job more difficult. After researching, he became interested in obtaining a CDL and pursuing a career in truck driving. With little money left over after paying his monthly bills, Mr. Dunne would need funding assistance to cover the cost of a trucking school’s tuition.
Mr. Dunne was enrolled into the WIA program and an individual employment plan was established. He completed three ResCare Academy training modules to become more informed about road safety and tractor trailer operation, scored GOLD on the Work Keys assessment test, and attended a workshop to update his resume. Mr. Dunne completed an application for Truck Driver Institute in Richburg, SC and submitted a scholarship application for WIA funding. On April 6, 2015, Mr. Dunne entered into the CDL program at TDI, the tuition of which was funded by WIA. On April 20, Mr. Dunne completed the training program successfully and began searching for employment.
On April 27, one week after training ended, Mr. Dunne received his CDL. He applied for a job with Reddy Ice on May 2, and two days later, he received an offer to join the company. Mr. Dunne accepted the offer, and on May 6, he began his new career. Mr. Dunne stated that he is enjoying work now, and that he is grateful to be able to better provide for his family.