Updated: Jan 24, 2018
Published September 2017
John S. came to AccessAbility looking for a new start. In early August of this year he enrolled in our Career & Educational Pathways (CEP) program, which provides transitional employment services to support adults with criminal backgrounds seeking second chances as they reenter the community. John did everything he was asked to do. Not long after he started, his work ethic was quickly recognized. His case worker set him up with an interview with Tradesman International, a skilled workforce recruiting company that “provides construction contractors and industrial companies with North America’s best, safety-minded skilled craftsmen.” John ended up getting the job. While starting pay for everyone else was $15.00/hour, he received a starting pay of $16.00/hour because he is OSHA 10 certified.This certification assures employers that he has obtained workplace safety education which reduces job site hazards. John is one of many individuals AccessAbility is helping to become self-sufficient. By working with program staff, participants gain work skills, education, as well as a sense of support, belonging, participation, and community. We are so proud of his achievement and wish him the very best!