Hard work leads to opportunity

 Melissa Freidman, former client, displays the book she created documenting her experiences at VR. Around her are (left to right) John Bates, Job Coach; Nicole Kilgus, Counselor; and Stephen Kesler, Vocational Assessment and Career Specialist.

Melissa Freidman, former client, displays the book she created documenting her experiences at VR. Around her are (left to right) John Bates, Job Coach; Nicole Kilgus, Counselor; and Stephen Kesler, Vocational Assessment and Career Specialist.

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.

Melissa has consistently demonstrated her ability to learn appropriate workplace behavior and how to deal with stressful situations. Through her efforts, and with the support of her counselor, Nicole Kilgus, Melissa is now gainfully employed.

Melissa enjoyed her time with VR and even designed and published a book documenting her experiences.