SCSEP graduate featured in USDOL newsletter

Posted on August 13th, 2012 to A4TD News

Gail Ruggles, former SCSEP participant

One of our SCSEP graduates was interviewed and featured in the DOL Newsletter August 9th. We’re very proud of her accomplishments!

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Senior Employment Program Leads to Full-Time Work

After losing her full-time job, Vermont’s Gail Ruggles worked five part-time jobs to support herself and her kids as she and they were attending colleges. But, Ruggles said, “I could not make ends meet no matter how hard I tried,” so she turned to the department-funded Senior Community Service Employment Program offered by Vermont Associates for Training and Development, Inc. There she sharpened her skills on the computer and in office management and accounting, and found part-time work with a nonprofit. Then, through a federal government program that reimburses an employer who hires a worker undergoing training, Ruggles eventually landed a full-time job with benefits for a medical technology company. The Senior Community Service program “offered an avenue to re-enter the workforce,” she said.

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“The SCSEP was a turning point in my career and my life. I grew in many ways. I recommend trying the program to anyone who wants training and help finding a job that they actually like.”

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