Success Story - Anthony Stoutermire

Thursday May 25th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Livonia WIOA Team

Anthony Stoutermire is now driving his 48-seat DDOT bus in a safe, cool and calm manner. He sits tall and proud. He’s made a total comeback after four years of healing from serious injury, painful physical therapy, mental health therapy and job retraining.

Anthony first discovered his desire to drive while working full-time performing bus maintenance with Total Bus Company. He worked hard to ensure the buses in the maintenance yard were in tip top condition and couldn’t help but wonder about how it would feel to drive one.

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Visualizing Your Recruiting and Succession Plans

Wednesday May 24th, 2017 at 9:00pm
Written by Casey White - Director of Marketing

I wasn’t expecting to be inspired by a field hockey office display, but that’s what happened recently during my visit to a local university. Are you wondering how recruiting and succession planning for your company could possibly relate to a University field hockey program?

Picture this: a striking, larger-than-life visual of a long-range “staffing” plan, highlighting each year from now until 2020, showing field positions, names of current players and potential recruits. It was color-coded and created to help coaches identify, by position, the talent needed to stay competitive and ultimately work toward their goal of building a championship team. It was obvious: they clearly understood they needed talented people to achieve that goal and all the particulars were captured in vivid detail.

That display got me thinking, “How many companies understand what their talent needs look like?” It made me realize that capturing the right kind of data, and making that data come to life visually, is crucial in setting the best goals and vision for the future. How close is your organization to understanding what your talent needs look like – today … in 3 years … in 10 years …?

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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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