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Charlotte worked at a teen group home and has a teenage daughter; she found herself telling her clients the importance of going to school. She then realized she was not setting a good example as she was without a high school credential She dropped out of school in 8th grade because she was continuously sexually abused, and became pregnant at age 11. She was always bright, but as time passed, she realized she would struggle with the technology, academic writing, math and reading comprehension to be successful. She also realized that in order to progress in her career, she also needs a college degree.
Charlotte entered a Milwaukee area High School Equivalency Diploma program in 2013. After she graduated with her HSED, she felt she needed to enter college. She enrolled at Springfield College-Milwaukee Campus. Right before she enrolled, she had a stroke and was not able to work. She once said, “How can I worry about my paper if I am not sure how myself or my daughter will eat tomorrow? She reached out to the College STILL Achievable program, a division of its parent organization, Literacy For All, Inc.
Literacy For All, Inc. (the College STILL Achievable program) provided Charlotte with a trained career and academic trained tutor. The volunteer helps her twice a week (sometimes more) with building the basic and advanced literacy skills required for college success. Volunteers also provide constructive feedback through reviewing papers and online tutoring. She works very hard through her tutor and is proactive towards her education. The volunteer helped her take the mystery and fear out of many elements of college learning.
After being in school for just a semester, Charlotte has around a B average. She completed her first PowerPoint presentation and learned PowerPoint and submitted her first academic paper in 20 years. She learned APA format. She completed four classes and passed all of her classes. She had excellent attendance in tutoring and has helped Literacy For All in its open house celebration and talked about her experiences in tutoring with the West Allis Mayor, Dan Devine. She will be our featured speaker at our inaugural fundraiser at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. She also is in the final stages for opening an in-home childcare.
Many employers seek candidates with specific educational credentials and qualifications, yet still find themselves feeling frustrated when they cannot find reliable, skilled and high-quality candidates to fill their entry-level positions. Job-seekers struggle to find work despite having an education and work experience on their resumes.
Pamela struggled to secure employment in our increasingly competitive job market and needed to set herself apart from other candidates.
Developed by the National Work Readiness Council, the NWRC is designed to ensure employers that entry-level candidates/ employees are qualified and ready to perform their jobs successfully.
Greater Waukesha Literacy’s Work Readiness Program was implemented in 2017. This classroom-based course prepared unemployed adults in the community for high-quality entry-level work. Intensive coursework in reading, math and situational judgment prepared students to pass assessments and earn the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC).
Greater Waukesha Literacy’s summer 2017 pilot program achieved a 100% success rate, with each and every student passing all assessments with high scores and accordingly earning the NWRC.
In accepting Greater Waukesha Literacy’s Outstanding Student Award at the 2017 Celebration of Literacy gala, Pamela stated that she had been trying to upgrade her skills and look for employment. Pamela learned about GWL’s Work Readiness Program and decided it would be a great opportunity to give her more confidence and improve her resume. She thanked the instructors for being encouraging and patient. She earned her work readiness credential and successfully secured a full-time position.
Nicholas came to Journey House back in 2001 to improve his English language skills.
He attended their English Language Learner classes, and after a few years enrolled in their Spanish GED Program. In 2005, he received his GED all while he was working at Sendik’s Food Market in Milwaukee. More recently, Nicholas returned to Journey House to work on his citizenship.
Through the years he has continued working for Sendiks and is now in charge of the dairy and frozen foods sections at the store in Whitefish Bay. His wife is an elementary school teacher in South Milwaukee and they are the proud parents of 4 children ages 11-8 months.Whenever a staff member sees him, he never fails to mention how appreciative he is of Journey House for all the activities he has participated in there.