Amy had been disabled for a prolonged period while recovering from back surgery. She then became employed as a waitress for six months until the restaurant where she worked went out of business.
Subsequently, Amy, as a participant in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW)
program, volunteered at Culpeper County Human Services where she developed a love for social
services work. Amy has a GED but didn't realize she might not need a college education to achieve
success. Her volunteer work led to a 3-month paid internship during which she developed promotional
materials for Sam's Place, a community outreach center where individuals and families can access information and referrals to other community partners.
Amy had applied for a number of positions, and after interviews with several employers, she was hired as a backup receptionist at the Fredericksburg City Department of Social Services. When a full time receptionist left, Amy, because of her demonstrated work ethic and job performance, was selected to fill the full time position. Amy also was sponsored for Microsoft software training.
Amy's next career goal is becoming a benefits specialist. Her manager is encouraging this and is receptive to further training for Amy to support her goal.
Shiree moved to Culpeper from Charlottesville with a friend and two children, when, after five years service, she was downsized by an employer where she had sold advertising for newspapers.
Once in Culpeper she came to the Culpeper Career Resource Center (CCRC) where she sought advice from Lisa Houck, the Manager. Shiree also used the facilities of the Center to write her resume and conduct a job search.
Shiree ran across an ad from Taft Services, that provides accounting and billing services for health clubs. This led to her employment with Taft as a Telephone Representative. Subsequently the owner came to Shiree and asked that she help build a call center. Shiree developed poilcy for the call center, hired about five employees, managed the Center for about 2 years, and saw the firm grow from servicing 5 to 26 clients within a 2-3 year period.
Today, Shiree is Assistant Office Manager, also handles HR and payroll functions, while still overseeing the call center whose manager relies on Shiree for advice.
Taft Services now uses CCRC to host job fairs and has hired several employees as a direct result.
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