carlos 2Carlos D. enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act’s (WIA) In-School Youth Program while earning his high school diploma through the Beloit Fresh Start Program. Carlos was a quiet and shy young man who was determined to finish school and find a job to help support his mother, father and siblings.

Carlos wasn’t sure he was ready to attend college after graduation, so he worked with Nicole, his WIA case manager, to find work experience to help him further his career. Nicole referred Carlos to the Staples Fulfillment Center in Beloit. He interviewed there and they accepted him for the work experience. As Carlos began to  achieve the small goals he set for himself, his case managers could see his confidence begin to grow. Carlos’ leadership abilities began to flourish during a group trip to Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. He tackled teamwork obstacles with confidence and shared his ideas with enthusiasm. During the high ropes course, Carlos overcame his fear of heights and truly pushed himself. He never complained or said he couldn’t do it.

Carlos again kept to himself at first during work experience, taking it as an opportunity to learn and show he was a motivated employee. He hoped to earn his way to become a Staples employee after he completed work experience. His diligence and work ethic impressed his co-workers and supervisors. He applied for a position with Staples and was hired. He now makes more than $11.00 an hour and receives benefits.

He is in the follow-up phase of the WIA program and still attends leadership trips, sharing his success with other students enrolled in the WIA program.

“Carlos was a joy to work with and a model for current WIA participants,” says Nicole. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”