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18 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
E38: Pursuing a Career as a Web Developer
In this episode, you'll hear another workforce success story as Tim Crum joins the program. Tim reveals details about how he was supported by the Clay County Workforce West Virginia Office to pursue training at WVU-Parkersburg in Full Stack Web Development. Tim discusses the work he is currently doing, his career and educational aspirations, and shares tips for anyone thinking about reaching out for support from the workforce system.
13 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
E37: Successfully Completing Class A CDL Training
This episode features an interview with Jamie Persinger, who was referred to Workforce WV by Jobs & Hope West Virginia. Jamie shares how she was able to utilize WIOA funding to obtain her Class A CDL license and how she has been able to improve her life with the support from Workforce WV and Jobs & Hope West Virginia.
21 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
E36: A Jobs & Hope Success Story- Meet Sara Smith
In this episode, you'll hear from Sara Smith, who shares her journey of how she became sober after years of addiction and criminal justice involvement. Sara reveals the assistance she received from Jobs & Hope West Virginia and other organizations, and how she has subsequently pursued higher education and now helps others with their recovery journey.
20 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
E35: From Displaced Worker to Barber- Susan Conrad's Success Story
Susan Conrad joins the program to discuss her success story of becoming a female barber in her county, after being a displaced worker. Susan reveals the support that she received from the workforce system which enabled her to start her new career.
10 minutes | May 31, 2022
E34: From Displaced Homemaker to Medical Assistant- an ITA Success Story
Christine Gray joins the program to discuss her success journey of going from being a displaced homemaker after her husband was separated from his coal mining employer to enrolling in a medical assisting program which was paid in full by a WIOA Scholarship. Christine shares how she was able to overcome her fears and doubts and move forward with her career, and shares tips for anyone thinking about making a career change.
17 minutes | May 4, 2022
E33: Overcoming Trauma and Addiction- Stephaine Burchard’s Story
In this episode Stephaine Burchard shares her story of hope and recovery. Discover how with the support of Jobs & Hope WV, Stephaine was able to overcome a life of trauma and addiction and use her experiences to help others. Stephaine reveals how she was able to secure work and stable housing and shares advice for others who may be struggling.
12 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
E32: Training for an In-Demand Occupation- a Success Story
In this episode, you'll hear a success story from Josh Bishoff, who was able to access class A CDL training and gain an in-demand skill. Although Josh was able to stay in his current job, he explains why being able to pursue his CDL license was so important to him, and shares tips and insights for anyone looking to change jobs or facing layoffs or unemployment.
14 minutes | May 17, 2021
E31: SNAP Employment and Training- Helping People Become Self-Sufficient
In this episode, you'll hear from Valarie Urban, SNAP E & T Career Specialist, as she shares the details about the SNAP Employment and Training Program and how it helps recipients become self-sufficient. Discover eligibility requirements, the types of training programs that are covered, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the program.
18 minutes | May 3, 2021
E30: A Youth Success Story: From the Service Industry to Traffic Control
In this episode, you'll hear from Cierra Gunn. Cierra spent years working in the service industry; from in-home direct care to store clerk and lastly, waitressing. During the pandemic, it became clear that waiting tables was not going to provide a sustainable income especially during a shutdown. Discover how the workforce system helped Cierra to gain the skills she need to obtain employment as a flagger with AWP-Traffic Control.
17 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
E29: SW Resources- Providing Custom Solutions for Individual and Business Needs
In this episode, you'll hear from Levi Brady, Youth Transition Coordinator for SW Resources as he provides an overview of the services his organization provides and how and why they partner with the workforce development board. Discover the benefits that SW Resources provides to their customers, employers and the community.
19 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
E28: Job Corps- Providing Job Training and Education for Youth
This episode features an interview with Joy Canterbury, WV Job Corps Admissions Counselor, as she reveals the mission of Job Corps and who is eligible. Discover the benefits of Job Corps for youth, employers, and the community. Joy also discusses how and why Job Corps partners with the workforce system.
11 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
E27: The National Health Grant and Helping Individuals Impacted by the Opioid Crisis
In this episode, you'll hear from Jessica Casto, National Health Grant Career Advocate for Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) as she discusses the work she does with the National Health Grant. Discover who is eligible, and hear about Jessica's own success story as a grant recipient.
20 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
E26: How a Veteran Launched her Career in Healthcare
Elaine Opper, Medical Lab Technician at Genesis Health Care, joins the program to discuss her career, how she came to connect with the workforce system, and how the workforce services she received helped her launch her career. She also reveals why people should consider a career in healthcare, and the crucial role that the behind-the-scenes medical personnel play in the healthcare system.
15 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
E25: How West Virginia University at Parkersburg Supports Area Businesses
Dr. Torie Jackson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, joins the program to discuss how WVUP supports area businesses, and helps develop a talent pipeline in the region. Dr. Jackson also reveals some investments that WVUP has made to help train students in digital media.
26 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
E24: Partnering to Upskill Workers and Provide Training Resources for Business and Industry
Kurt Knopp, Account Executive, Workforce and Economic Development Division at West Virginia University Parkersburg, joins the program to discuss how his division often partners with local government workforce and economic development agencies on efforts to upskill local workers and provide training resources for business and industry.
21 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
E23: Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley- Strengthening Families and the Community
Lisa Doyle-Parsons, Executive Director of the Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc, joins the program to discuss how being an AJC partner has helped in serving their population. You'll also discover how the Circles model combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, coaching, grassroots leadership, SMART goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, as well as child/youth development.
20 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
E22: West Virginia Apprenticeships in Motion- Developing Real World IT Training and Careers
Jennifer Randolph, Apprenticeship Coordinator – AIM Grant for the Central Region West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, joins the program to discuss the AIM Grant and how they are using apprenticeships to help build a skilled information technology (IT) workforce. Discover the benefits of the program for job seekers and business, eligibility requirements, and how to learn more.
15 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
E21: Jobs & Hope West Virginia- Supporting Recovery and Changing Lives
Melissa Morrison, transition agent at Jobs & Hope West Virginia, joins the program to discuss how her organization helps individuals in recovery from substance abuse, as well as job seekers with other barriers to employment, find meaningful work. She also reveals the importance of partnering with the workforce system.
11 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
E20: An Adult Education Success Story
Amber Smith, the Adult Education Student of the Year, joins the podcast to discuss her experience in the adult education program. Amber shares her career goals and what motivated her to return to school, and reveals what it takes to succeed in the program.
19 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
E19: Training Job Seekers for In-Demand Careers
In this episode, you'll hear from Martha Leeson, WVUP Program Coordinator, and Wendy Ketelsen, WCCC Fin. Aid/Student Services Coordinator as they reveal the training opportunities available at their schools. Discover some of the most in-demand training opportunities, some common misconceptions about post-secondary education, and the various resources that are available to help students succeed.
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