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  • 11 Apr 2018
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As Site Manager of the Lake County site, I was privileged to be part of the creative process with the Career Development Program. I gave my perspective from the site level as to what barriers may arise while implementing new programming.

When the ‘Workin’ with Tradition’ and Career Pillars curriculum was chosen and we had planned out how to most effectively implement the program to our participants, the Lake Site was the logical site to pilot the program. The first group of participants at the Lake Site were hesitant of what was then a 14 week commitment, and to step outside of their comfort zone.

With Kathi Hansen facilitating the course the participants found themselves not only relating to the material but also having fun with it, after the first week. As the course continued we found that participants began to become motivated, not only in course participation but also in their families’ path to self-sufficiency.

The Lake Site quickly realized that the course was creating previously untapped potential and opportunity to do what we as site staff do best with our participants, which is to identify barriers and facilitate a plan that will lead to self-sufficiency and success. One family from the first group was able to attain a job and leave before graduation of the course, others were able to use the skills gained to successfully continue on to the Work Experience Program (WEX).

As the Career Development Program has expanded and the success has spread to other CTTP sites, through the exceptional work and dedication of Career Developers: Kathi, Secunda and Melody, I am confident that the Career Development team and Site staff can continue and build upon our success.

– Matt Barnes, Program Services Director and former Site Manager

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