Alex Earns His Apprenticeship
“To understand the power of Alex’s story, you have to go back to April of 2013 after he had graduated our program,” says Northeast TrANS instructor Ranard. Alex was working as a cart-runner earning minimum wage. He and his fiancee were struggling to support their three-year old daughter, before he found his first job in construction. His career took off from there, until finally in 2015 he got his shot at his dream job working at Northeast Asphalt.
“I wanted to succeed so bad,” Alex tells Ranard. “It was just finding my niche, with different forms of construction. Going to and finding the one you can see yourself doing every day.” Alex earned his CDL at Fox Valley Tech, helping him advance in the field, and last season he earned an apprenticeship with an Operating Engineer.
This year, he’s starting his fifth season with Northeast Asphalt. He’s able to support his family and even took them to Florida for vacation last year (pictured below). When asked what this job means to him, he says “All I can say is, it’s not a job anymore. It’s a career. Honestly, in the construction industry – everyone should well know this. You want to be with your crew, or you want to be with your family… When I work at Northeast, you’re family.”
Phenomenal work, Alex! Congrats!
Watch the full interview with Alex to find out what drives this young man to work double-time at everything he does – and learn why his secret to success is like asking McDonald’s for the secret to Big Macs.
Evan met Craig, an FSET Account Representative, while he was visiting the Job Center this January. Evan knew there were opportunities waiting – even if he had to wait at a homeless shelter surrounded by strangers. They struck up a conversation, and before he knew it, Evan signed up for FoodShare and joined FSET. It wasn’t long then before he had the job he wanted – in fact, he was hired within five days!
FSET helped Evan get transportation, polish his resume, and apply for work he’d be good at. He had worked in factory settings before and knew that getting a decent job was “the biggest stepping stone” on his path to success. His enthusiasm caught Craig’s attention, and they made a team effort to secure a great job. After they completed applications together, Craig called his connections to let them know why Evan would be a perfect addition to their team. When Services Plus got his call, they were primed for action – they set up an interview with Evan and hired him on the spot.
Fast forward three months, and Evan was back at the Job Center – but this time he was telling Craig that he’s just started training to become a Line Supervisor! He’s staying with FSET for support as he works his way up, and he even has his own apartment now. Congratulations, Evan!