Client Success Stories
Mavis had been out of work for five years following the closing of the company for whom she had worked. The best job she could get was a part time position working two days a week at a Subway Sandwich shop making $9.00 an hour. She knew that she had to find a more steady and well-paying job. Mavis discovered FIT through a friend and during the days off from her job she began to attend the FIT Job Readiness class, giving her insight into job search techniques. Mavis was matched with a Case Manager who gave her career counseling. They discussed the fact that Mavis had worked as an Administrative Assistant for her previous employer for almost 15 years while raising her family. Mavis attended FIT’s resume workshop and learned how to create a current and up-to-date resume. Her Case Manager helped Mavis identify many care-over skills to highlight on her resume and helped her put that information onto paper.
Two weeks after completing FIT’s Job Readiness class she went on an interview with a local non-profit. She did an exceptional job, and was offered the Customer Representative Specialist position making $13.00 hourly. Eight months after being hired, Mavis’ employer saw what a valuable employee she is and she is now making $14.00 with medical and dental benefits. Mavis credits her quick move within her position to attending the Digital Literacy classes and Financial Literacy classes to continue her training even after she became employed. Although Mavis had previous work experience with a computer, she felt she needed a refresher course to sharpen her skills and boost her confidence. Mavis is now working full-time and making a living wage, allowing her to support herself and give back to Nevada’s economy.
Toni, a 48 year old, moved from California to Las Vegas in 2014 in hopes of finding employment. All of her past work history was in construction and with the economic downturn Toni was unable to find employment. Toni worked day labor jobs hoping to keep a roof over her head. Eventually, Toni became homeless and began sleeping in her car with her dog. All of her adult life Toni had been able to provide for herself without asking for help. After almost a year of living in her car, Toni finally decided that she needed help and sought out FIT services.
FIT was able to pay for solar panel training and transportation assistance. In addition, FIT contacted a local women’s shelter that accepted dogs and Toni was finally able to feel safe at night. She completed training, obtained her state solar panel certification, and became employed. Due to Toni’s certification and past work history she soon became a foreman on the job-site. She has now moved out of the shelter into her own apartment and is making $23 an hour.