Vickie was working as an Area Manager for an area Subway who was justice involved at the time she enrolled to become a Workforce Tulsa participant. Her Workforce Tulsa Career Navigator, Scott, worked with her and utilized assessment tools to help Vickie narrow down her interests to focus on pursuing a career in the Logistics and Transportation Industry. Vickie tested well in math, reading, and language skills, so Scott was confident that she was prepared to be successful with occupational skills training. Scott helped make sure that the process of enrolling into school was smooth and simple for Vickie. She said that this allowed her see a light at the end of the tunnel and that it seemed to be getting closer and closer through each step as Scott guided her. In addition to her occupational training, Vickie took advantage of Workforce Tulsa’s “Resume Writing” workshop which helped her learn how to convey her worth to prospective employers. Vickie said that the workshop facilitator, Angela, made her believe in herself again and that she was better than her mistakes. After Vickie completed her schooling, one of Workforce Tulsa’s Business Services Team members, Jessica, identified companies that would accept Vickie’s past and inexperience in the field in which she had just received her license. Vickie said, “I felt like I was a boxer and Jessica was in my corner fighting for me and keeping me going when I was ready to give up.” Vickie has earned her Class A Commercial Driver’s License and obtained full-time employment with Carolina Cargo, earning $12.50/hr. as a truck driver. She says that she is grateful for the team at Workforce Tulsa who helped her change her life forever because of their dedication.
Matthew enrolled with Workforce Tulsa at the Sapulpa American Job Center after having been unemployed for almost 3 years. The results from the assessment that his career navigator, Lee, gave him indicated that Matthew is suited for employment within the logistic and transportation industry. Workforce Tulsa provided funding for Matthew to attend Truck Driving Training. Upon successful completion of his training program at a local technical school, Matthew obtained his Commercial Driver's License (CDL-A) and quickly found employment with a company that reclaims, resales, and recycles tires. Although Matthew enjoys the job, he recognizes it as a stepping stone on the way to becoming a "true truck driver." Matthew will soon be starting a full time position with a transportantion company that distributes across all 48 continental states. Matthew said, "I appreciate everything that Workforce Tulsa has done for me. From where I was to where I am at has been a big difference in my life." As Matthew begins his new career, he is looking forward to achieving more within the logistics field.
Celisse enrolled with Workforce Tulsa to pursue a career in healthcare. She set a goal to become a Registered Nurse. Celisse was highly motivated and receptive to the guidance and support of her Workforce Tulsa Career Navigator, Kaila. She took full advantage of all of the workshops that Workforce Tulsa has to offer. Because of the techniques she learned in the “Discovering Your Skills and Goals” workshop, Celisse was able to set milestones for herself and create task lists to help her reach them. She gained even more skills that helped propel her towards her goal when she attended the “Resume Writing” and “Communication in the Workplace” workshops. Pre-testing confirmed for Kaila that Celisse was ready to attend training. Upon the successful completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant program, she passed the state exam to become certified and placed on the official registry. Celisse currently works as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 36 hours a week at $11/hour, and she will be applying for acceptance into a Practical Nursing program that starts in the fall in order to work towards her next milestone. Celisse said, “Kaila met me where I was and has elevated me into a better person, employee, and all-around individual. Had I not come into contact with her, I’d still be a wanderer, wandering along in life. She helped me find direction and continues to help me stay focused.”