Paving the Pathway to Success

Frieda CarmoucheOn Saturday April 2, 2016 I had the honor of representing Workforce Solutions as one of several presenters for The Apprenticeship “Paving the Pathway to Success” training day for young adult Transitioners. The event was held in Houston, Texas at the Lighthouse for the Blind facility, and our host was DARS, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Activities and discussions were educational, fun and extremely creative.

The Reality Check Assessment proved to be a hit with participants as various individuals debated how and why money should/shouldn’t be spent in a single month’s budget.Apprenticeship Program Logo

Based on how adults usually spend money on everyday household basics including food, rent/mortgage and transportation, participants were encouraged to come to decisions on needs vs. wants! That is, what do you really need to live comfortably?

Debates were exciting and laughter filled the room. The exercise was fantastic.

The “High Skill, High Growth” companion piece to this presentation served to guide participants in making career choices based on targeted industry growth within the Gulf Coast Region.

Additionally, we visited the “When I Grow Up” curriculum and learned how to identify job skills, prepare for job search, keep a job or get a better job!

The second presenter spoke about “Money Management,” which proved to be the perfect transition piece following Reality Check. Many important topics were covered.

It was obvious that this information proved both useful and timely as the crowd reacted well and was appreciative! To me everyone left the room feeling a sense of understanding and comprehension.

Additional information discussed included tips on handling checking accounts, bill paying, check writing, maintaining savings accounts, the correct procedure for applying and asking for loans and responsible credit card handling.

The third and fourth presenters conducted a combined effort that started off with an exciting (and hands-on) training on “Personal Hygiene and Grooming.”

Throughout this presentation, students were given tips on hand washing, skincare, shaving and hair/nail care. Participants even learned how to give themselves exfoliating hand scrubs!

We were all reminded of the term “fresh breath” and “dressing for success” as instructions were given on how to maintain both.

Throughout the day this highly spirited group eagerly participated in learning through fun-filled, well-planned objectives. All activities were geared towards relevant scenarios that could easily be applied to daily life.

I was thrilled to be part of the “Paving the Pathway to Success” Apprenticeship Program.

And judging by the looks of things, so was everyone else!

Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. She obtained her BFA in Graphic Communications from The University of Houston. Frieda, A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 10 years.



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