Marisol enrolled in our Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program on the recommendation of her older sister who had completed the program, and her younger sister Jennifer who had enrolled a few months earlier. The WIOA program is administered by our community partner Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA). Marisol was a high school dropout, and her first goal was to successfully attain her GED. With this purpose in mind, she visited HRA’s computer labs and worked diligently to achieve the goal she set for herself. Marisol experienced barriers, which included time management, and life events. She remained diligent, took responsibility for herself and her actions, with continued support from HRA staff.
The staff at HRA was able to help Marisol access training programs to develop her career competencies and resume writing skills while preparing for the National Retail Federation (NRF) credential, which helps train and advance both entry-level retail associates and first-time job seekers. While preparing for the NRF credential, Marisol was hired by Walmart in Bristol on a part-time basis. Upon completion of her NRF credential, she received a 33% pay raise and was offered full-time employment including benefits.
While maintaining a 40-hour work week, Marisol began a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Training course at Tunxis Community College. Once hired full-time, she began working towards her next goal, of working at the Walmart Pharmacy. Marisol excelled in the classroom, completing her certification requirements with high marks, and passing the National CPhT Exam. During this time, she also earned certifications in CPR and First Aid.
Most recently, Marisol became intrigued by accounts of a friend’s military training exercises and travel experiences, and a desire to serve her country. As such, Marisol entered and completed basic training as an enlisted member of the United States Army and is now being trained in Supply Chain Management and beginning college courses through the Army while stationed in Missouri.