Success Story - Ashley Wynn

Wednesday January 18th, 2017 at 8:25am
Written by Livonia PATH Team

Ashley Wynn began participating with EDSI’s Livonia PATH Program on September 28, 2016. She was already enrolled in school at Schoolcraft College, working toward a degree in Nursing. She entered into her Application Eligibility Period (AEP) motivated to find employment that would lead her to self-sufficiency.

During her AEP, Ashley recognized her need to update and rework her resume. She met with EDSI’s Instructor, Pete Anthony, to complete this task and prepare herself for future interviews. During the meeting they discussed several options that might help her gain experience in the healthcare field. When Ashley learned of a job opening at a local healthcare company, Homestead Home Health Care, she jumped at the opportunity.

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Giving Back: EDSI's Volunteer Efforts

Wednesday January 11th, 2017 at 7:33am
Written by Deanna Tafelski - Project Manager

Every year, EDSI donates time, money and resources to numerous charitable organizations across the country. In order to help those in need, we participate in various volunteer opportunities and embed ourselves in the communities we serve by doing everything we can to help improve the lives of the diverse people in each community.

Thank you to all of our employees who lived our values of “Show Up, Smile and Support” and gave so generously to others this past year.

The following are a few pictures from our volunteer efforts:

Far Rockaway, NY Office Volunteers at Jacob Riis National Park

Employees from the Rockaway Workforce1 Career Center in Arverne, NY volunteered at Jacob Riis Park, a National Park located near the office on the Rockaway Peninsula. The team worked together to remove beach debris to beautify and restore the natural environment.

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Workforce Development - Then and Now

Monday January 9th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Ed Quintavalle - Senior Consultant

It never fails that when I’m at a social function someone asks “So, what do you do for a living?” I always pause, trying to decide how to explain what a workforce development consultant does, particularly in 30 words or less.

After a rather elongated explanation, they’re usually amazed by how much I must know about so many critical occupations. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Personally, I don’t know very much about anything. My secret is talking to people who do know everything about the occupation I’m about to analyze.

So, is this what workforce development is all about?

What does Wikipedia say about workforce development?
“It is an American economic development approach that attempts to enhance a region's economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people rather than businesses.”

Another definition would be that: “Workforce development has come to describe a relatively wide range of activities, policies and programs employed by geographies to create, sustain and retain a viable workforce that can support current and future business and industry.”

Try rolling those answers out in a social setting.

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Success Story - Lord-Xavier Taylor

Wednesday January 4th, 2017 at 7:30am
Written by Livonia PATH Team

Lord-Xavier Taylor began participating with the Livonia WIOA Youth Program on August 25, 2016. Upon entering the program, he met with his Career Coach and shared his desire to pursue a career in hospitality.

As he engaged in the youth program, Lord-Xavier explored training programs that would equip him in restaurant management and culinary arts. After identifying a training facility, he completed assessment testing and discovered his need to improve his math and reading skills before acceptance into the program. In September, through one-on-one tutoring and educational workshops, Lord-Xavier began to work towards improving his math and reading skills.

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Goodbye 2016 – And Thank You

Tuesday December 20th, 2016 at 1:29pm
Written by Casey White - Director of Marketing

Another year has come and gone. As I say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, I know I have so much to be grateful for. 

In fact, this past Thanksgiving offered a unique opportunity to reflect. Unfortunately, the athletic activities of my past caught up with my body – and it was finally time to dive in for surgery on my ailing ankle. The two weeks following surgery were admittedly challenging. I strive to live an active lifestyle, and I’m not very good at asking for help; not a great combination for someone laid up for two weeks!  

The experience did have a silver lining though … it provided a lot of great thinking time. Of course, I thought about how fortunate I was to have great friends and family in my life. I thought about the wonderful trips my family experienced in South America and Europe this year. I also thought about my career and how grateful I feel to work at EDSI, a company who cares about me as a person and really does put people before profits.

 

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