Mission Moments

BARBARA SNAGEL

In April 2016, Barbara’s life unraveled. The restaurant she had worked in since she was a teenage abruptly closed with absolutely no warning. “I was completely blindsided, completely devastated,” says Barbara. “My life was thrown into the wind and I had no direction, and I didn’t know what I was going to do.” Barbara learned about National Able Network and became part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and BACK TO WORK 50+ programs.

Through job seeker workshops and the guidance from her Career Coach, Barbara obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant certification and started a career in a new industry! “I wish I had done this years ago…It’s very fulfilling. It’s great to wake up in the morning, and I owe that to those that connected me to National Able Network…I would totally recommend this organization.”

BRIAN BJERKE

Brian has always been quick to understood and apply Information Technology skills. With a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering – Brian was well prepared to work in the field. He found a job working in his chosen industry, but found himself unemployed after a few years due to mass layoffs. Through National Able Network and IT Career Lab, Brian enhanced his technology skills and earned his Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification!


“It was a journey and culmination of many factors…the CCNA course gave me so much more than a certification, it enabled me to communicate my message which empowered me to ultimately get my new job!” said Brian. 

 

CAMILLE CROSS

While working as a licensed benefits advisor, Camille Cross received an email that would change the course of her career. “I received an email about [IT Career Lab’s] Cisco certifications and as long as I could remember technology has always been a passion of mine,” said Camille.

In just a few weeks, Camille earned three globally-recognized certifications: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+. Fortunately, Camille’s determination, passion and drive quickly helped her find her current position as Help Desk Analyst! “I love my job dearly,” said Camille. “There’s so much room for growth, and as long as they keep me here – I’m here.”

 

FERNANDO ESCALENTE

Fernando worked as a utility operator at Mondelez International for four years until the company announced mass lay-offs. Fernando’s job was one of the 600 positions the company eliminated. However, Mondelez offered assistance through unemployment services like Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Through TAA, Fernando learned about IT Career Lab. As a lifelong tech hobbyist, Fernando had the motivation and the know-how, but he needed the certifications. He completed the Cisco Certified Network Associate Courses (CCNA) and received the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification. He currently works as the Associate Wireless Engineer for Sentinel Technologies.

 

Brett Kumataka

Brett Kumataka worked as a pastor for four years while pursuing his master’s degree in biblical studies. It appeared as if his career was set in the religious field, however various circumstances in his personal and professional life muddled together and Brett’s initial career plans were altered. Brett decided to make a drastic change and started to search for other career options.

He came to National Able Network where he discovered IT Career Lab. Through IT Career Lab, Brett earned two globally-certified certifications: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician certifications! Brett is currently working towards earning his Cisco Certified Network Associate certification!

 

 

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