Updated: Aug 31, 2018
Chou wanted to change his life for the good of his family. Feeling lost, scared, and stressed regarding the prospect of reentering the community from the criminal justice system, Chou made a conscious decision to find the resources to turn his life around for the benefit of the people he cared about most.
While still in prison, Chou met Brad Janowski, AAI’s Vice-President of Programs and Transitional Employment. Brad referred him to AccessAbility’s Project Connect - Career Educational Pathways (CEP) program to obtain the practical and vocational skills, educational resources, and personal empowerment Chou needed to successfully re-enter the greater community.
Chou said that the CEP team members were welcoming from day one. He was provided immediate work experience in AccessAbility’s materials recycling facility and the opportunity to explore and improve his basic education skills. Chou also received a fork lift certification, received assistance creating a resume, and learned interviewing skills. Chou also said that he “learned how to be a team player” while practicing good workplace social skills and work habits.
Eventually, Chou successfully interviewed for and landed a full- time job as a forklift operator at a produce distributor. While satisfied with his current position for now, he says that he’d like to obtain his commercial driver’s license in the future, and become a truck driver for his current employer.
“I want to thank all the staff at AAI,” said Chou. “[You] helped get me where I am today. Thank you for your time and effort to help change and save my life.” For others in similar situations that are feeling lost, scared, and stressed, Chou says, “AAI offers many opportunities to help you get back on track so that you can obtain the skills needed for your future career.”
All of us at AAI are proud of Chou's success and wish him the best of luck for the future!
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