Friday, June 30, 2017

Student Spotlight: Courtney Walker

Career Goal: To obtain a stable job and enjoy it.

Why did you join the program? The first thing that caught my attention was the child care and the compassion from Ms. Lauren when she was explaining the program to me. To me, she was the angel I needed in my life, because everything that was a burden was being lifted as she kept explaining.

What was the hardest part of the class? Nothing really, because I started the program with an open mind.

What has been your favorite part of the experience?  Everything, everything, everything! From meeting great friends, to sweating in the sun, to being rained out, to pinching my finger with a tape measure (lol), my experience was awesome! 

What are your hopes for the future? To use my education and experience to gain stability. 

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program? Join it! You will not regret it, I promise!

Student Spotlight: Yasmin Lang

Career Goal: My career goal is to become proficient in the ins and outs of houses, from the ground up, as well as restoring older homes.

Why did you join the program? I joined the WinC program as a means to further my independence and build onto my own skills to become more self-sufficient.

What was the hardest part of the class? The hardest part of the class was opening up with my fellow classmates. 

What has been your favorite part of the experience? All onsite work, especially working on a storage roof installing vents was very fun. (You might have seen me on the news.)

What are your hopes for the future? To have a career I'm passionate about. To see more women and girls having an interest, and careers, in non-traditional jobs. To rebuild Biloxi homes impacted by Hurricane Katrina and bring back affected communities. 

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program? Keep pushing and don't give up. Stay open-minded, be eager to learn, and ask questions. Do not make this harder than it has to be. Use all resources offered to you.

Student Spotlight: Wyanesta Coleman

Career Goal: To work as a pipe welder for Ingalls apprentice program.

Why did you join the program? I was tired of working for jobs that barely paid my bills, didn't cover my daycare, and didn't have affordable health care.

What was the hardest part of the class? Workouts in the morning with Simone. 

What has been your favorite part of the experience? Listening to employers talk about their jobs and why they need women, and passing my test.

What are your hopes for the future? That I get in the apprentice program at Ingalls, pay my car off, get land and a house, and take my kids on real vacations. 

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program? If you're tired of being underpaid, have little or no experience, and cannot afford childcare, this is a program that is worth the sacrifice.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Student Spotlight: Kourtney B. Walter

Career Goal: To be accepted into an apprenticeship program and have a career that will help me be self-sufficient.

Why did you join the program? I was homeless and unemployed. My sister, Rachael C., told me I should come to the info session with her. I loved what I heard and just went for it. No regrets! 

What was the hardest part of the class? Nothing about the class was hard! Everything was straightforward!

What has been your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the class was meeting women from different walks of life, ALL who were loving and inspirational! Love you guys, y 'all are amazing. I also loved learning the materials I needed to be a successful tradeswoman.

What are your hopes for the future? My hopes for the future are to become self-sufficient, have a banging career, and be surrounded by friends and family that support my future decisions! 

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program? Go for it and don't look back! Come in with a great attitude and leave with skills that will help you live a good life!

Student Spotlight: Shanon Dowdle

Career Goal: To enter a trade that I enjoy and that will allow me to be financially stable.

Why did you join the program? To gain more confidence in myself, give myself a more positive outlook on life, and also to cement a stable future for my family.

What was the hardest part of the class? Coming out of my shell and opening up to perfect strangers

What has been your favorite part of the experience? Getting my hands dirty on the job sites and having the feeling I've gained confidence in myself

What are your hopes for the future? To love what I do for a living and become financially stable. I hope to learn about the construction field and become a part of an industry that is constantly improving the lives of people and changing the world, one building, bridge or house at a time.

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program? Whatever obstacle is in your way of joining this class can be worked out with the help of the wonderful people in this program. I came from out of state and left everything I've had behind. You can do anything you set your mind to. Jump in headfirst in whatever you do - you won't regret it.

Student Spotlight: Shurparis Tilley

Career Goal: To be my own boss!

Why did you join the program? To receive more credentials and gain skills that I know I'm capable of doing, but haven't had a chance to prove.

What was the hardest part of the class? Nothing was hard about the class - it's life that tried to knock me down, but I still manage to get up and make it every day for my family.

What has been your favorite part of the experience? Everything about the program - the book work is helpful, the hands-on is awesome, and for people to trust a group of women to build their projects is just a great feeling.

What are your hopes for the future? I want to be my own boss one day, but until then, I would love to go into a field where I can use the knowledge and tools I've learned through the program. 

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program? If you love dirt and boots, this is the program for you, LOL. But seriously, this is a great opportunity with major benefits - don't pass it up!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Student Spotlight: Theresa Thomas-Ray

Career Goal: To become a certified journeyman in either pipefitting or electrical.

Why did you join the program? To get certified in either pipefitting or electrical. 

What was the hardest part of the class? The math test.

What has been your favorite part of the experience? Working with my hands and facing different challenges every day.

What are your hopes for the future? To have the income to buy things that I want, not just need.