Success Stories

Real People, Real Achievements
Dolores Mayorga

Dolores Mayorga

Platform to Employment

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“Long-term unemployed, a new baby and a toddler, bills piled high, and no job in sight. This was my reality every day for several months. I struggled and was lost. Being sent an invitation and joining this cohort was life-changing. Free of charge, capacity to develop and hone your skills, solid mentorship and coaching, build relationships, improve networking abilities and ultimately come to be employed. The program is transparent and provides that and more. Each of the coaches is an integral element of P2E that provide expertise and support to our team. Each collaborative session delivers a wealth of information with informative speakers. You are encouraged, you are acknowledged and by the end of each week, you are a better version of your personal and professional self.”

“I am proud to say, during this program I was hired full-time as an Administrative Assistant at Yale-New Haven Health Institute of Excellence. With the help of my coaches, I negotiated a salary I felt comfortable with using the tools they laid out. I could not have come upon a better program. Thank you P2E!” – Dolores Mayorga, Seymour

Quin'shon McKoy

Quin'shon McKoy

ApprenticeshipWorks & CareerHub

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Quin’shon M. is a 20-year-old Bridgeport resident and participant of The WorkPlace’s YouthBuild and ApprenticeshipWorks programs. Quin’shon left his undergraduate studies at UConn, where he majored in Computer Science & Engineering, to pursue his childhood dream of joining the Army National Guard. Following his unit training, his uncle told him about the WorkPlace’s YouthBuild program and thought it would be a great opportunity.”I joined YouthBuild to get a good understanding of the construction industry. I’ve always wanted to be in the electrical field, so I thought that earning credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through YouthBuild could get me started. In every class I attended, my NCCER Instructor, Louie, was passionate about this one profession: manufacturing. He was so passionate that I started to think of ideas for what I could do in the future with the knowledge of manufacturing. I felt that manufacturing would be a good stepping stone to lead me into my adult life. So that was when I dual-enrolled in the ApprenticeshipWorks program to get training for CNC Machining.””The WorkPlace helped me with everything I needed to succeed. They provided transportation to training at Platt Technical School, gave me workboots & tools, and helped me attain my Drivers License Permit. I earned my OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 card, Forklift Certificate, NCCER Certification, HAAS CNC Lathe and Milling Certificate, and NIMS CNC Lathe and Milling Operations Credentials. After training completion, I set a goal to complete an apprenticeship in manufacturing. The staff in both programs helped me so much. My Job Development Specialist, Kimberly Hare, was a helpful resource for me with job readiness & job interview prep. They also gave me emotional support, especially when I needed someone to talk to when my personal life needed as much attention as my skills training.”Shortly after completing the CNC Machining program with ApprenticeshipWorks, Quin’shon attended HCC’s Manufacturing Job Fair and connected with several employers who invited him to interview. Two days later, he went on his first of many scheduled interviews, and Rotair Aerospace Corporation in Bridgeport offered him a position on the spot. When Quin’shon told the employer he would like to pursue an apprenticeship in manufacturing, they set about working with The WorkPlace and the CT Office of Apprenticeship Training to set up an approved Registered Apprenticeship Program. Quin’shon has been working as Shop Technician at Rotair since June 13. The role is full-time with benefits.When asked about his future goals, Quin’shon said, “My short-term goals as of now are to complete my apprenticeship, earn my associate’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing at Housatonic Community College, and eventually pursue a bachelor’s degree.”

Cynthia M.

Cynthia M.

Platform to Employment

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Cynthia M was unemployed for nine months after being laid off from her previous job as a Client Advocate & Business Analyst for Realized Solutions. Before enrolling in Platform to Employment (P2E), she was having moderate success with interviews but was not getting any job offers. “I was comparing myself to the wedding analogy, always a bridesmaid, never the bride,” she stated about her job search before P2E.   

Cynthia enrolled in P2E’s 20 days intensive program in September 2020. She worked with staff to refine, learn and employ new job search strategies. Cynthia updated her resume, LinkedIn profile and practiced mock interviewing. With the help of her career coach, she was able to identify transferable skills that would help her stand out among other applicants. Cynthia has recently accepted a position with Homeserve as a Business Analyst.   

“P2E lifted me up and encouraged me just as I was feeling stuck and sinking in my job search. Through P2E, I was armed with additional techniques, knowledge, and resources. The support that I received from the staff and my classmates is invaluable.”- Cynthia M. 

Maryann Pigage 

Maryann Pigage 

MaturityWorks

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Maryann Pigage had been unemployed for five years before joining MaturityWorks. Prior she worked as an administrative assistant and front desk receptionist, overseeing financial data, recording confidential records, and arranging and planning meetings. Once that position ended, she found herself actively looking for employment, but her search was unsuccessful.  

Maryann’s primary barriers to employment were her lack of a professional network, self-confidence, and Microsoft Office skills. Since she had been out of work for five years, her skills were outdated. Maryann worked with her Career Counselor to address these barriers and was placed at RSVP Volunteers Inc. in King of Prussia, PA, as an administrative assistant for her training assignment. During her training she managed RSVP’s database, maintained their records, and responded to telephone calls, taking messages.

Maryann attended several training courses to advance her employable skills such as Microsoft Office, customer service, and administrative support classes. Once Maryann’s computer skills improved and her confidence boosted she began her job search. In addition Maryann and her career counselor began to inquire if permanent employment was a possibility at her host agency, RSVP. Once Maryann knew the agency was open to the idea of a hire, she began to learn all she could about the company and continued building relationships with people in the organization. 

Maryann’s hard work, and her willingness to work with her Career Counselor enabled her to move into a job at RSVP as an Administrative Assistant. Maryann is excited to be working as an employee of RSVP and grateful to the MaturiyWorks staff for their support. 

Reginald Ferguson

Reginald Ferguson

MaturityWorks

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Reginald Ferguson enrolled in MaturityWorks after hearing about the program from a friend. His passion is entertaining and performing for people and he carries that passion into the workplace, where he has worked primarily in office support roles, helping co-workers and clients achieve their goals.

Before enrolling, Reginald was unemployed and struggled to find suitable employment, which affected his confidence. Reginald started to feel down about his prospects and needed an opportunity, a roadmap to employment, and positive reinforcement. He was hesitant about the MaturityWorks program but took a chance and grasped the opportunity.

There were several obstacles he had to overcome to acquire the type of employment he desired. Reginald had to improve a number of skills including listening, teamwork, time management, attention to detail, and self-management. Lastly, he wanted to regain his self-confidence. The MaturityWorks staff played a crucial role in keeping Reginald motivated during his job search.

Reginald had multiple assignments was as an office support trainee to diversify his training. He was placed at to Scottish Rite House, and later the Ralston Mercy Douglas House working in office support roles. By aggressively pursuing employment leads Mr. Ferguson was hired by Security Resources Inc. as a full-time security guard. Even though this job was not in office support, it is a bridge to where Reginald ultimately wants to be. Reginald is excited to be working again and grateful to the MaturiyWorks staff for their support.

Christine

Christine

Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program

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Christine was seven months behind on her mortgage when she first met with her MCJTP Specialist in September 2018 at the Enfield American Job Center. Christine is married with one older child at home and she was working fifteen hours per week at just over minimum wage as an office clerk with no opportunity to work additional hours. No one in the household was employed at the time and her current position did not provide enough income to cover bills and mortgage payments. Christine enrolled in the Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program (MCJTP) where she learned to prepare for job interviews. Her MCJTP program specialist reviewed her resume, provided career guidance and discussed training opportunities. She was also referred to the American Job Center for further assistance with acquiring skills in preparation for her job search.

Christine had been an LPN until 2014 but was unable to continue in this career. With assistance from her Program Specialist, she researched healthcare certification programs and concluded that obtaining certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant would help her achieve her goal of remaining in the healthcare industry. This career could also provide her with the income needed to save her home and secure a better life for her family. With a training scholarship from the MCJTP, she successfully completed the Ophthalmic Assistant Program. After searching for a position and attending several job fairs, she was able to secure a job in July 2019 as Critical Care Assistant with Allume Home Care.

Jermain Burke

Jermain Burke

Advanced Manufacturing

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOo6MBera7w
Jacinda Mattu

Jacinda Mattu

Dress for Success

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IKoOwmA5pY
Anan Natarajan

Anan Natarajan

Platform to Employment

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“The Platform to Employment (P2E) program is an extremely well-structured program for unemployed professionals seeking to get re-engaged in small to mid-sized companies within Connecticut. As a senior executive, the opportunity to participate and learn from this innovative program was enlightening and highly informative. P2E enabled me to evaluate local opportunities more effectively within my “backyard” here in CT.

This state-funded program provides candidates with extensive networking, training, and professional education; it also provides companies with direct access to highly seasoned talent. I highly recommend the program and was impressed by the caring, resourceful, and passionate moderators and program leaders. They effectively developed comradery within cohesive teams through intensive group discussions and workshops.
It was a true pleasure working candidly and intimately with my cohort, resulting in new friendships and an extended professional network. Thank you very much to the career coaches and trainers for their assistance and passion. I am now working as Chief Commercial Officer for nView Medical, and I am excited and grateful.”
Ric Hill

Ric Hill

Platform to Employment

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Ric Hill was one of the hundreds affected by layoffs at his previous job with Subway Headquarters. Although his former company provided re-employment services, the assistance was not substantial enough. He was introduced to Platform to Employment (P2E) through a networking group on LinkedIn and attended an information session on the program hosted by P2E staff. The personal stories he heard from the staff of what the program has done for them and others motivated him to enroll.

Ric enrolled in P2E in January 2021. He worked with his career coach, employer relations specialist, and trainer to refine his resume, identify his transferable skills and enhance his job search skills. Ric learned new techniques on how to use LinkedIn to job search and network. He was consistent with his job search and worked closely with staff to find positions that fit his skill set. After a successful interview, Ric was hired as an Accounts Payable Specialist for LextureLinx.

“The support and empowerment you receive from the P2E staff and the other participants in the class is invaluable. The entire P2E team, from the coaches to the trainer, the Program Manager, and guest speakers, believes in the process and will do everything they can to help you on your journey. I can’t thank them enough for the insight and confidence I have received from this cohort and the long-lasting best practices I have learned that I can pass along to others.” – Ric Hill.

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