Savannah Rodriguez had already been a retail supervisor and worked in the restaurant industry when she heard about the WIOA Youth Program…
Perfect Timing: How a Young Adult Took a Chance with the WIOA Youth Program that Made all the Difference
Savannah Rodriguez had already been a retail supervisor and worked in the restaurant industry when she heard about the WIOA Youth Program. When she came to the youth program, she had been receiving benefits from SNAP and was on unemployment. She was referred to the Youth Program from the receptionist at the Workforce Center. Savannah decided to take a chance to maybe fulfill her dream of being an office manager one day.
At first, Savannah held back on her job preferences with the youth career consultant, mainly naming cooking as her career pathway. But with continued communication with the youth staff, Savannah confided in staff and shared her dream in running an office and helping a business succeed. She was always good at planning and felt her skills were excellent in customer service.
Savannah understood that adding to her skills is key to continued education in the workplace. She knew she could always find work in retail and restaurant on her own, but she would need the help of professionals to take her to the next level. And she simply didn’t have the time to focus on classroom training.
During the spring of 2021, the youth staff developed an Administrative Assistant position for Savannah with White Knights Limousine through a work experience assignment. It was exactly what Savannah had hoped for! The youth program also helped her dress for success with this new company. “I am very grateful and appreciative that I have an office position,” Savannah said. She is excited to take a vacation as soon as the office is fully staffed.