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The WorkPlace, Inc.

Meet Michelle

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Workforce Challenge

When Michelle lost her job in the accounting department of a local company, she found herself at a crossroad. Michelle wanted to change her career path and do something that would give back to the community.

Workforce Solution

Through a friend, Michelle heard of an opportunity for training through the Pathways Out of Poverty “Green-Up” Program in Bridgeport. The program, run by The WorkPlace, Inc., focuses on training for career opportunities in the emerging field of green energy. In the program, Michelle learned about energy efficiency, lead and asbestos abatement, and OSHA safety rules, eventually earning 10 certificates upon graduation. “I’ve never had so much fun learning. Our whole class really worked together and made this experience informative as well as fun,” said Michelle.

Outcomes & Benefits

Shortly after graduation, Michelle was hired as an energy auditor with Gulick Building & Development in Bridgeport. Within a few months at her new job, she was promoted to Service Manager. “I have been searching for a long time for a career that would give me a sense of accomplishment both professionally and personally. This program has filled both of these criteria by giving me the knowledge to help make the environment a safer place for not only this generation but generations to come.”

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