Michele Dees worked for Bombardier Recreational Products as an End of the Line Laborer, making $13.85 per hour, for 8 months, when the company decided to close its Benton, IL location. Michele had attempted college on her own in the past but had never successfully completed a degree. Michele needed to attend school in order to get a degree and attempt to find employment to help her and her family. Michele started attending Rend Lake College in January 2013 for her Office Systems Technology - Health Information Assistant Degree. Michele was able to complete her degree in August 2014. During her training period, she had to attend a Cooperative class at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. During this class, Michele made a fantastic impression on the employer and was offered a job before she graduated. Upon graduation, Michele was able to work full-time for this employer as an Administrative Assistant, making $10.39 per hour. She now has a full-time job with benefits, utilizing her degree, that she really loves. She will be eligible for pay raises in the near future as well as advancement in her job. Michele stated: "I am very thankful for the opportunity to go back to school through the Man-Tra-Con/Trade program. Because of this opportunity all kinds of doors have opened, in a field that I would have never been able to achieve without the further education I received. I truly enjoy the medical field and love my new job! Thank you Man-Tra-Con for helping me to better myself and achieve goals that I thought were never possible. I will always be grateful for the life changing opportunity."
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.