Dreams can come from anywhere at any age, especially when we’re young. They can come from watching a role model, learning about something in school, or even cartoons. Andy’s story starts when he was a child watching BJ and the Bear and dreaming of becoming a truck driver.
For the last eight years, Andy had been working with Aacer, a dislocation firm, but had to reassess his options when they unfortunately had to close their doors. This was a difficult time for him, as at 57 years old, he wasn’t sure what options were available to him.
Andy met one of our FSET case managers, Brittany, at an outreach event and told her his story. She encouraged him to come into our office and tell her more about what he has always wanted to do. He came in, and after learning about our WIOA program, he felt like he could use it to finally pursue one of his lifelong dreams… driving a truck.
But, he had some work to do, and work he did.
“He has been one of the most hard working participants I have ever had,” Brittany says.
For example, when pursuing one of the tests he needed to qualify, there was an area of study that he was having difficulty with. Andy took the initiative to go to a local UPS store and ask an employee to explain the part of the truck in detail so that he could return to the test with confidence. He passed.
This got Andy into the Midwest Trucking Training program where he got on the job experience driving from Peshtigo to Escanaba five days a week. To help make this happen, we were able to provide transportation assistance and financial aid for the training.
Andy now has a job that will allow him to drive truck and still be home at night to take care of his animals on the farm.
“I feel so good about my life and the people around me are so happy for me,” Andy says. “It only took me 57 years but the little boy that dreamt of that is very happy. I worked years in a box with no windows. Now I get to work in a box with only windows and go wherever I want.”
Finding a career you love makes all the difference. “When he was sitting at my desk for our final appointment he was just glowing. He had a hope and a new found confidence about him,” Brittany says.
Make the career of your dreams come true and enroll in our WIOA program.