Adriane of Rock Falls first came to the Illinois Worknet Center in January of 2015 She had worked at Anchor Coupling in Sterling but lost her job when the plant closed. She wanted to make a career change and decided to enroll at Illinois Valley Community College to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
Adriane was eligible to receive WIOA services as a dislocated worker. BEST, Inc. was able to help her with the tuition and fees and other training-related costs for her training program. Attending IVCC required Adriane to make a 125 mile round trip from Rock Falls 2-3 days per week. We were also able to provide mileage reimbursement to help with her travel expenses.
During the Fall, 2016 semester, Adriane participated in a work experience at the Whiteside County Senior Center which was coordinated and subsidized by BEST, Inc. This was designed to give her some real world experience in an office setting. She was able to use that experience to help her secure a full-time job with Steel River Systems, LLC in Rock Falls. She began working there in January and will successfully complete her degree in May.
Jolien enrolled in the Business Employment Skills Team, after being involved in the closure of Office Max in Ottawa, Illinois. She had worked for the company for 14 years as a customer service representative and was making 13.25 per hour.
Upon inquiring into the Business Employment Skills Teams, she had been job searching with no luck. She was finding that she had limited employment opportunities and with further assessment was planning to enroll in training. In the spring of 2015 Jolien enrolled in the AAS Business Technology Program at Illinois Valley Community College. Upon starting she was very concerned about her finances, however felt that by completing her degree it would enhance her employment opportunities. In December of 2015, the company that Jolien had been employed – Office Max was trade certified and immediately her application was processed. This gave her the financial opportunity to complete her training program. In the spring of 2016 she continued training under the trade program.
As part of Jolien’s training program she was also required to do a work internship. It was at this time that she started working part-time with the Business Employment Skills Team, assisting with some of the administrative duties. During Jolien’s training, she was nothing but detailed, organized and professional even though she was going through major personal tragedies.
In December of 2016, Jolien graduated with her Associate of Science – Business Technology and obtained Academic Honors. Today she has just started full time work with OSF, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital working as an admitting clerk making 13.60 per hour.