“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington. When I reflect on this quote, I am often reminded of my past client, Norman Moss and the barriers he overcame on his journey to employment.

I met Norman last year when he first came to National Able Network‘s Prairie State College location to inquire about training opportunities available to him through the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act. Upon meeting Norman, I learned that he had been out of work for six months and was starting to have financial difficulties. He was looking for employment, but Norman felt that his background (which included a prior incarceration) added additional barriers to finding a career.

After meeting with Norman and discussing his long-term employment goals, he chose transportation as his future career path. Norman researched training providers and applied for training at Road Runner Driving School. While in training, Norman struggled financially, but thankfully Norman was eligible to receive supportive services that allowed him to continue on through his training.

Norman was a great student and did very well in his classes! He completed training promptly and earned his Commercial Driver’s License. With his new license in hand, Norman got started on his job search. As his Career Coach, I was able to provide Norman with feedback about his resume and interviewing techniques. Norman also participated in Able’s JUMPSTART! workshops that helped further prepare him to enter the workforce.

Through coaching, job search training, and personal determination, Norman successfully found employment as a driver! We are very proud of the hard work and determination Norman demonstrated throughout his time working with Able. Congrats!