Vernon Thomas first came to GST Michigan Works! Career Services in December 2015. He had been self-employed as a store owner but due to several episodes of vandalism decided that he needed to re-enter the workforce. Mr. Thomas took a position at a manufacturing plant but stayed in contact with his Career Coach.
In February of 2017, Mr. Thomas attended an information session for the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP). After an interview he was selected to participate in an eight week preparation course which provided him with environmental restoration, construction, hazardous materials/waste handling and emergency response training.
Mr. Thomas interviewed and started working for Dan’s Excavating on June 5, 2017 as a Laborer. He feels that the company will offer him an opportunity to use the skills he acquired during his ECWTP. Mr. Thomas has state on numerous occasions that he is exteremly grateful for the opportunity he was given to complete the ECWTP through GST Michigan Works!
Vanaya Keys was previously working as a Certified Nurse Aide at the VA Hospital in Detroit and wanted to further her education to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In October, 2015 Vanaya attended an orientation session at GST Michigan Works! Owosso Service Center, with the goal of obtaining a scholarship to help with tuition.
GST Michigan Works! was able to assist with funds through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA). This funding helped with the cost for the LPN training which she completed in October 2016, NCLEX-PN (state licensing) as well as support with mileage reimbursement for travel to and from class. After less than two weeks of job searching, Vanaya successfully found employment! She was able to start working not just one, but two jobs in her field!
When asked about her experience, Vanaya said, “GST Michigan Works! has been a blessing to myself and my family. I am thankful for all the help I received and my Career Coaches support to reach my full potential”.