Hide Story -
Name: Richard
Date: 07/22/2015
Pathway: Information Technology
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 60013-1924
Rich was laid off from his job as an Engineering Manager. Although he had a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, he lacked the industry-recognized credentials needed to be more competitive in the job market. Rich pursued training to enhance his skills and obtain those credentials. He enrolled in a one-month intensive training program through COMNet Group Inc., successfully completing and obtaining certifications for Agile Project Management with SCRUM (CSM), PMP, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Rich has since been hired full time as a Software Developer.
Hide Story -
Name: Souravong
Date: 07/22/2015
Pathway: Manufacturing
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 61108-8044
Souravong Luangphakdy entered the trade program when he lost his job with PGI. Souravong was 50 and had worked at PGI for 27 years. He was deeply discouraged over his job loss but when he first entered the program he firmly believed that his current skill set would be enough to secure him full-time work. After an unsuccessful job search, it became clear to Souravong that his struggle with English, lack of basic skills and a an industry recognized credential were keeping him from gaining full time employment. Souravong began basic skills with a third grade reading level and a fifth grade math level in August 2013. He improved his reading level to tenth grade and achieved college level math within 54 weeks. On February 3, 2014, he began his training in CNC Technician Certificate #6116 in which he could earn 2 NIMS certificates. Souravong completed this training earning both certificates in May 2014. He then got a full-time job as a CNC operator with Trotter Manufacturing, earning $15 an hour. Souravong is grateful to our program for the service an opportunity we provided him.
Hide Story -
Name: Jackie
Date: 07/22/2015
Pathway: Law, Public Safety and Security
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 61089-1217
When Jackie Freeman first applied for TAA, she was underemployed for over 2 ½ years, working a retail sales job that paid $10 per hour, much less than the annual $85,000 she earned at the trade-impacted employer, Quad Graphics. Freeman's skills included billing, procurement, and project management; however, coming from the declining printing industry during the economic downturn it was very challenging to find a suitable job and the long-term under-utilization of skills only made the process more arduous. Through the assistance of DuPage County Workforce Development Division at the workNet DuPage Career Center she was able to discover a link between her transferable skills and a legal education to find a more lucrative job by focusing on legal compliance and employment law. Freeman found the perfect training through the Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage, which offered courses in business law, contracts, drafting legal documents, and specialized coursework in labor and employment law. These courses along with a productive internship at the employment law firm of McLaughlin & Hobfoll were essential in securing a position as Director of Special Projects at McCracken Label, paying $60,000 annually. At McCracken, she has been instrumental in developing business and system processes and policies and is part of a team charged with buying a new facility and soon of integrating acquisitions. She is very grateful for the opportunity offered by TAA and the staff that assisted her directly, including Omar Sanchez and Tobey Majack of workNet DuPage and John Ferry of IDES. She believes that without their assistance and the financial support offered by TAA she would have had to continue working long low-paying hours, not being able to dedicate as much time towards focusing on training to hone the skills that made her competitive for her new self-sufficient career.