Juan Garcia enrolled into the EMPOWER, a nineteen-year-old high school graduate, with no plans for school or never held a job. Juan completed the EMPOWER workshops and met with his advisor to discuss his vocational interests and trainings that can assist him with gaining employment. Juan expressed an interested in becoming a security or school campus guard, and asked if he can attend security guard training.
The advisor enrolled Juan in to security guard training, in which Juan earned his guard card last October. Juan is so excited to receive the training and feels ready for work experience. The Advisor placed Juan at the Merced Valley Community School as a school campus liaison that provided him with real work and hands on experience. Juan’s attendance and job performance gained him the opportunity to apply for a part-time campus liaison position with Merced Valley Community School.
Juan applied for the position; he interviewed and hired for the part-time position on October 17, 2016. Juan is so thankful to the EMPOWER program for providing him with the opportunity for training and employment. He is looking forward to the future to gain full time employment, and finally someday live in his own apartment.
Yvette Munoz enrolled into EMPOWER in June 2016. She came into EMPOWER hoping to get some work experience because she had none. Yvette expressed an high interest in information technology (IT). She had already taken a few classes at the college in computer science and knew that this was her career path. Her PESCO results also confirmed that this was a good fit for her. Yvette’s advisor placed her with Merced County Office of Education’s IT department as part of her work experience component. Yvette was responsible for greeting customers and putting work orders for MCOE. She also assisted the IT staff with their work orders and performed daily technology checks. With her knowledge and willingness to learn new things, Yvette was offered a part-time position with MCOE IT department which she gladly accepted.
Yvette also joined Breaking the Code with MCOE. She learned how to build a website for a local business. She also earned $600 and a free chrome book for completing the six-week program.
You can find Yvette at the MCOE IT help desk and driving around Merced County assisting IT technicians with various technology problems.
Since Philip Crabtree’s younger years, he has been on a rollercoaster ride and endured his share of high and low moments in life with a blurred destination in sight. Numerous decisions he made eventually had him tangled in a web of institutional systems, hardships and much trepidations about his future.
In June 2014, a former EMPOWER member escorted Philip to the EMPOWER Program in hopes that he would be offered services that would support his renewed direction and focus in life - the desire to develop the necessary skills to jump start a career and move forward.
After exploring his interests in the EMPOWER Employability trainings and being made aware of vocational trainings available by his EMPOWER Advisor, he was instantly interested in the Logistics & Warehousing Program. Upon successful completion of the EMPOWER trainings, Philip was referred to the Logistics & Warehousing Program where he received additional guidance and support from his instructor, Mr. Larry Garcia.
Philip was confident that he found what he was searching for in the Logistics Program. Within three months of classroom training, he excelled at every aspect of the training and was ready to put his learning into practice. Philip was placed at Quad Graphics to complete on-the-job training as a Forklift Operator. In only two months, Quad Graphic decided to hire him as a Temporary Forklift Operator.
Philip plans on becoming a full time Forklift Operator at Quad Graphics by the end of the year and pursue additional education in the future. Philip’s positive character, drive, hard work and a network of people including his family, Logistics Instructor, EMPOWER Advisor, and employer has changed his lifestyle and outlook in life.
When Beatriz Perez entered the EMPOWER Program in July, 2015, she was a young mother and had no work experience and no advanced training. Beatriz was unable to find a good paying job to support herself and her family. Her PESCO assessment reflected “Accommodating” as one of her strengths. Beatriz indicated she would like to work with children/youth. She was placed in paid Work Experience at the ASSETS Afterschool Program at Don Stowell Elementary School in Merced. Although Beatriz did very well at her work site, she soon realized that she would rather work with adults. Beatriz entered the MCOE Adult ROP Medical Assisting Program. Beatriz aced the program and received high marks on her evaluations. After completing her classroom programming, Beatriz was placed at Gettysburg Medical Clinic in Merced for her externship (work site experience related to the Medical Assistant Training). Again, Beatriz was very successful! Beatriz graduated with an Adult ROP Medical Assisting Certification on September 13, 2016 and was hired as a Medical Assistant at Mercy (Dignity Health) on September 29, 2016! Beatriz worked hard and is now in a career she loves!
Sara Hernandez enrolled into EMPOWER in July 2015.
She knew that she wanted to enroll into the medical assisting program with
Adult ROP. While in the ROP program, Sara received work experience in several
medical businesses in Merced. She was an excellent intern with great
attendance. Sara just completed the medical assisting program in September and
was offered a full-time position as a medical assistant for Golden Valley
MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
632 West 13th Street
Merced, CA 95341