Success Story - Nakel Banks

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 at 10:30am
Written by Livonia WIOA Youth Team

Nakel Banks began participating with the WIOA Youth Program at the Livonia, Michigan Works! One-Stop location in March, 2014. She entered the program as a high school graduate in search of employment.

As Nakel engaged in program services, she took advantage of job fairs and attended career-focused informational sessions to explore opportunities for employment while considering her future profession. By summer 2014, Nakel had obtained employment as an assembly line worker. She also enrolled in college courses at Schoolcraft College to pursue a degree in forensic science. Nakel shared that “I was excited to study and to have a steady income while in school. I had and have a great balance between work and school. I think it makes a strong and well-rounded person to do both.”

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Success Story - Michelle Ceoux

Monday May 8th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Livonia PATH Team

Michelle Ceoux began participating in the Livonia PATH Program on November 9, 2016. When she entered the program, Michelle was employed part-time as a Medical Assistant at an urgent care facility, however she was not earning enough money to achieve self-sufficiency for herself and her family. Transportation was a source of concern; Michelle was relying on a mix of public transportation, family assistance and cab service to get to work. At her PATH orientation, Michelle met with her Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Dawn Mathis and received information about supportive services available to PATH participants. During the next several weeks, she completed her Application Eligibility Period (AEP), maintained her work hours, gathered estimates for a car purchase request and made contact with a previous employer about possible employment opportunities. Obtaining her own vehicle would allow Michelle to confidently pursue her employment goals, and in December, EDSI approved her request and provided PATH supportive services funds for a car purchase.

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Once Upon a Punch Clock: "The Emperor's New Clothes," Challenging a Legacy

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 9:30am
Written by Stephanie Edwards - WIOA Adult Program Coordinator

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a tale about an emperor who parades around a set of new clothes without realizing that he, in fact, isn’t wearing any. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear argumentative or dumb. Then, a child in the crowd blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all, and the cry is taken up by others who feel freed to speak the truth.

This is a story about the courage of one’s convictions and speaking out for things that others can see, but may be too afraid to say anything about. Legacy practices are practices in business that are done over and over again because they are how things have always been done. A legacy practice in a bakery might be, "We always bake 40 cookies because that's always what we've done, even if we don't sell them all." This sounds familiar but is often wasteful and not necessary to satisfy a customer. 

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Why Your Company Should Invest in Career Sculpting

Monday April 24th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Arlene DeSantis Jones - Chief Talent Officer

Many companies today face the ongoing challenge of how to retain good talent. The difference between EDSI and other companies facing this challenge is our innovative Career Sculpting program. It has enabled us to retain great employees and ultimately assist in reducing turnover.

The idea for Career Sculpting came to me about 15 years ago after reading an article on retention in the Harvard Business Review. I envisioned creating a way to get to know employees better and understand them on a more personal level; not just what their work positions dictated. Brainstorming and strategy meetings ensued where colleagues and I developed the process we know and utilize at EDSI called Career Sculpting.

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Success Story - Samiha Sufyan

Monday March 27th, 2017 at 9:58am
Written by Livonia PATH Team

When Samiha Sufyan began participating in the Livonia PATH program in February, 2016, she was facing several significant employability barriers. Samiha met with Career Development Facilitator (CDF), Dawn Mathis, and shared that she did not have a GED or diploma, a driver’s license, child care or work experience outside of the home. Additionally, her limited English language proficiency was a barrier, as was her housing situation. Samiha and her 3-month-old baby were living with relatives, and she was in the process of bringing her husband and other children to the United States. Despite all of these barriers, Samiha was determined to achieve success.

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