I didn’t have a clear direction. I was stuck in limbo, demotivated. I was working in banking and I liked it for a while, but eventually I found the job to be just empty. I was feeling lost and confused.
I was about to lose my SNAP benefits. It was a wake-up call to me. Why was I fighting to keep these benefits when I was able to work? I was ready to make a change for the better.
I wanted to get back in the professional world. When I first heard of EPIC and the program Cara offered I thought ‘Ooh, I could do this.’
My first day was a Monday and we started with morning Motivations. I was like ‘What is going on here?’ It took some adjusting to the energy and the challenges that were presented to me...but by the next Monday, I was all in.
I learned I needed to change my behavior. At the time, I didn‘t realize that having the same negative behaviors were never going to lead to anything positive. I needed to start seeing things differently if I was ever going to grow.
The first time I put on a suit again I was like, ‘Okay, you’re back.’ I found that joy again and I realized I could do this.
I knew coming to Cara was the right thing. I learned how to stay strong and stay committed, because I knew something better was coming for me.
Today I‘m happy, I’m much more confident and feel I’m happy in the space I’m in now. I loved Cara so much I applied for and got a job at its South Side campus. Now I look forward to going to work each morning.
I love talking to people and sharing my story with the Cara students I now see on a daily basis. If I can motivate someone who is coming from a similar space that I was in, than I made a difference in someone and that means the world to me.
Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant offers funds for on the job training at CSL Behring.
While other companies are making cuts, CSL Behring has increased its workforce in Kankakee by more than 35 percent during the past two years.
To help the company meet this growth, CSL contacted the local Workforce Board to discuss staffing needs and training opportunities. Training funds were secured through the Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant and, in partnership with Kankakee Community College, CSL Behring began retraining workers displaced in the past 24 months.
The partnership with the Workforce Board and Kankakee Community College has enabled CSL Behring to train 36 workers under this grant opportunity. The program allows folks to receive the training needed to adapt to a new role, while CSL Behring helps develop a skilled workforce to meet increased demand for its lifesaving medical treatments. As a result of this program, the Kankakee Community College Foundation recently awarded CSL Behring its Partnership Award for its support of student scholarships and the work with the Talent Pipeline Grant.