Job Readiness Training

Welder returns to work with VR help

Felipe Gallegos came to VR’s Bryant Center in Lyman in March 2017, hoping to receive services and assistance that could help him return to work after a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Felipe had a successful career as a welder at Spartanburg Steel. He made a good living, and provided a loving home for his wife, Consuelo, and their children. Felipe is also close to his brother, and they worked together raising and breaking horses.

In late 2016, Felipe and his brother were working with a horse that had not yet been ridden. Felipe later explained that he had “an argument with a horse, and I lost.” The horse kicked the left side of Felipe’s head, resulting in a skull fracture and a brain bleed (stroke), which left Felipe in a coma for more than six weeks.

Job preparedness education in Richland

The VR Richland office recently held its Quarterly Job Preparedness Education Week. Participating clients learned about proper grooming and appearance for an interview and for a work setting, the difference between business casual and business professional dress, and received insight into the job interview process. They conducted mock interviews, received feedback, and learned how to improve their responses. During a budgeting workshop, clients received tips on managing their money, how to eliminate debts and how to set realistic short and long-term goals.

Hard work leads to opportunity

The Orangeburg Office recently celebrated the first graduate of the Janitorial Advanced Training Program (JATP). Melissa Friedman is happily working as the newest housekeeping technician for Orangeburg Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

After earning a Job Readiness Training certificate in the Orangeburg Training Center, Melissa became the second candidate to enter the JATP, which is organized and administered by Stephen Kesler, Vocational Assessment and Career Specialist. Once she completed the JATP, she began a job training opportunity with Orangeburg Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Worksman Cycles rolls into Horry County

Worksman Cycles recently celebrated their grand opening in Conway. The company, which manufactures bicycles and tricycles for industrial, commercial and recreational use, opened a factory in South Carolina because it had outgrown its New York production facility.

When Worksman received their first wheel building machine in 2016, VR’s Conway Area Office was invited to watch as the company manufactured their first wheel in South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, a wheel building tryout was scheduled for VR clients. That tryout led to three clients participating in on-the-job trainings, which resulted in the clients becoming full time employees for Worksman Cycles.