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On September 28, 2018, I was released from incarceration. Less than a week a later I attended the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow's orientation and met with Michael Hollis. I told him my situation and he explained what this organization could do to benefit me.
I agreed to being enrolled in FIT's job readiness classes. They provided me with skills such as creating a resume and being exceptional during an interview. After finishing the classes I met again with Michael to discuss the field of work I was most interested in, which for me was IT. Micheal was able to get me funding for a three month course at the Professional Institute of Technology and Accounting to get me certified as a computer technician. I was able to complete the course and pass the exams required. I was granted the Comptia A+ Certification. Micheal then got me involved with One Stop Career center's work experience program. They got me an interview at the company Hyper Networks. The interview went extremely well and they agreed to let me work there. I'm can't wait to start.
At first when I was released I very anxious about my future. I was worried I would struggle to find decent employment and would end up working a job that would never allow me to have and independent future. Now I have acquired formal training and have been put on a career path that I know I will be successful in. I am finally optimistic about the direction my life is going. Deciding to go to FIT was one the smartest choices I have made in life. They have done much more to help me than I could ever have expected.
Since moving to Las Vegas in November 2015, I have not had any success with the jobs that I have had. They ranged from Event Staff on the strip during events, security, and call center positions. I was already trained and had over five years’ experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant from working in California but I let my certification lapse when I moved and didn’t bother getting it switched over. In the beginning of September 2018, I went to an interview for a Call Center job and was told that I was unreliable, because I kept jumping from call center to call center. I attempted to explain to the interviewer that some of the positions were temporary or I received layoff notices while I was still in training. They didn’t care about that and her exact words were, “I’m not gonna risk my attrition rate on that". It made me so angry because I know my work ethic and how hard I work. That gave me the fire that I needed and I reached out to Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow and Standards of Excellence Academy.
I started class September 2018, and completed the class at the end of October, I took my state exam two weeks after graduation and then started my job search. After obtaining my State of Nevada Certified Nursing Assistant certification i put in over 45 applications at all the hospitals around the valley and even nursing facilities for nursing assistant positions. For weeks I kept getting the same email reply "the position has been filled or we are going with another candidate that is more qualified, please feel free to apply for other positions". I was frustrated and starting to give up. I reached out to my Case Worker Ashley for assistance. She updated my resume and then I received a call from a local hospital for an interview. Then interview turned into a job offer and I started on January 14, 2019.
I just wanted to say thank you for everything that Foundation for Independent Tomorrow and Standards of Excellence Academy staff has done for me, assisting me with my journey thru this process.
After spending 23 years of my life in prison, I knew I wanted a change. I thought of all the careers there are and being a truck driver was number one. I heard of a program called Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, better known as FIT.
I went for orientation and never looked back. FIT was very helpful to me, they paid for my CDL schooling, they paid for my gas to get there and even helped with bus passes to get to classes at FIT. When I graduated from CDL School, they paid for my license itself. And to top it all off they paid for my uniforms and equipment for new my job.
I went to work right away as a Professional Truck Driver and within one month I was already training new drivers and even another client from FIT. I am on my way to make $70,000 my first year. I get paid to go see the country. Everyone at FIT has been so helpful and I am so grateful for them helping me get started and my life back on track.
Thank you Karina and everyone at FIT for all your help.