Dawn, Registered Nurse

Transitions from one stage of development to another are critical in life. Watching this process may challenge our confidence, patience, and faith, but witnessing such a transition leaves an impression not soon forgotten. Just such a transition occurred in the Pathways to the American Dream project as one participant, Dawn Thorne, transitioned from student to… Read more »

April, LPN

April K. came to our program in May of 2016 as an Out of School Youth looking for training to help her reach self-sufficient employment. She is a single mother with two young children receiving SNAP and was struggling to make ends meet. We helped her to build her first resume, and had her take… Read more »

Tierra, Teacher Assistant/Bus Aide

Tierra B. was referred to the WIOA adult program internally by the People Incorporated Head Start program where she was working as a Teacher’s Assistant/Bus Aide with the Head Start program. As a condition of her employment, Tierra was required to obtain her Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within 90 days of hire. She had attempted… Read more »

Cheri, Machine Operator

Cheri H. was referred to Goodwill by the Radford Virginia Employment Commission office in late November 2017. Cheri had decided to re-enter the workforce because of a downturn in her husband’s income, after being a stay at home mother for several years. She had just been let go from a job that she had just… Read more »

Jonathan, Commercial Driver

Jonathan S. is 24 years old and a single parent of a 6 month old baby girl, Landon.  Jonathan was employed by a local temp service as a Fuel Assistant (refueling delivery trucks) at KVAT, earning $10.00 per hour. However, since this was through a temp service, he knew that it could end at any… Read more »

Mt. Rogers Adult Education Program

Arielle W. completed her GED with the Mt. Rogers Adult Education Program provided at the Wytheville Onestop Campus. She had been homeschooled by her mom and decided last spring she wanted to go ahead and get her GED under her belt so she could go to college. Her mom researched through the internet and found… Read more »

Chris, Construction Inspector

Chris was let go from his position with Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) where he worked as an Environmental Scientist II for two years. Prior to that he had worked for Waste Management as a Project Manager in Hazardous Solid Waste. People Inc. Dislocated Worker (DW) program staff assisted Chris in looking for employment… Read more »

Jesse, Commercial Driver

Jesse entered the WIOA Youth program on April 11, 2016 as an Out of School Youth. Jesse was 19 years old, his father had just passed away and he had lost his mother before that. Jesse is now responsible for taking care of his sister, did not have a job, and no training. Jesse qualified… Read more »

Pathways to the American Dream

In 2017, the Radford Fire Department established a goal of transitioning to Radford Fire and Rescue Department, which meant that six of their Fire Fighters needed to obtain their Emergency Medical Technician certification. Fire Chief, Rodney Haywood, contacted the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board inquiring about the Pathways to the American Dream project to… Read more »

Geneva G., Accounting/Payroll Clerk

College was something Geneva G. dreamt about but for one reason or another always felt out of reach. When the doors to the company where she spent a 30 year career closed in 2011, Geneva had no luck finding employment in her hometown of Bristol Virginia. Searching for help, Geneva reached out to the Virginia… Read more »