Ready 2 Earn - Week 4 Recap

Updated: Oct 11

Work Readiness Cohort


This week, our young adults:

  • learned about elevator pitches and their importance

  • created short and long-term plans that they were able to verbalize and dig deeper into; this allowed them to see where they want to be in 1, 3 and 5 years and determine the steps to get there

  • heard a speaker from LinkedIn discuss the benefits and importance of having a professional social media presence to gain exposure and place to post their resume; and

  • also heard the speaker explain that it's not always not always what you know, rather who you know, and “who knows you" -- opportunities may not always come knocking, but there is a great chance that someone will remember you for an opportunity.























Congratulations to our Leader of the Week - R'Aryana Gore!

R’Aryana is motivated, charismatic and knows what she wants to do in life. She knows how to get things done, a natural entrepreneur who knows how to supply what her peers demand. R’Aryana is always willing to help and promptly does whatever is needed at the moment. She is a "go-getter" and will do great in whatever field she decides to go into.


Congratulations R’Aryana!







Pre-Apprentice Cohort


Week 4 Recap

This week, our young adults:

  • heard from Michael Watkins, who founded the National Skilled Trades Network (NSTN) in 2002 -- a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

  • learned that it was founded by small business owners in the skilled trades industry to address the lack of youth and young adults entering the lucrative construction skilled trades industry

  • also learned about the time and research put in by NSTN to develop an accredited construction trades training program with national industry credentials; after a time consuming and exhaustive search of credentialed training programs, they decided to become a National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS) in 2017 -- this meant that youth and young adults in underserved communities could acquire the education needed to become credentialed construction trades workers

  • further learned that this would allow them to become employable in the lucrative construction industry; and

  • also heard from two speakers, Melva Williams-Argaw, President/Registered Architect of XYZ Professional Services, LTD; and J Harris, owner of J’s Lawn Care INC.

Our young adults also took a trip to BMI Federal Credit Union. There, they learned:

  • how to start budgeting their money via a fun, interactive game

  • through the game, they were able to interact with different stations setup like real life situations -- housing, car, and child care -- and were given real life responsibilities such as a job, family, and spouse; and

  • how to budget for a month!

Lastly, the young adults received their CPR/First Aid certification.


Congratulations to our Leader of the Week - Ebenezer Isaiah!

This bright young man graduated from Independence High School and is currently enrolled at Columbus State Community College for Studio Arts and landscape Construction. This leader excelled this week, exemplifying great listening skills, participation and genuine enthusiasm for the topics, discussions, and speakers that presented. “I plan on transferring to Ohio State or Ohio Dominican University to get my bachelor's degree in Visual Arts to become a professional artist and designer for my career. My backup plan is to work in landscape construction to help the community and have a lawn care business.”


Best of luck with your classes over the summer and into the rest of the year!




CDL Cohort


Week 4 Recap

This week, our CDL students were awarded gift cards from instructor Wanda Curry-Shepard for their honesty, integrity, and continued hard work. Students continued to study hard, and took their CDL class B general knowledge test. On Wednesday our CDL students received CPR / First Aid training and certificates from Columbus Public Schools instructor Julie Hall. They concluded their week with a LinkedIn presentation led by Jeff Young.


Student Highlight - Salem and Corey!

Congratulations to Saleem Davis and Corey Evans Jr for passing their general knowledge CDL tests and earning their temporary licenses.












Congratulations to our Leaders of the Week - Jakai and Trenton!

Jakai Watts

Jakai has had perfect attendance and is an active participant in class. He is always focused and attentive to every instructor. Jakai plans to find employment once he earns his CDL Class B License.















Trenton Kenny-Crump

Trenton is one of our leaders who always arrives to the work site on-time, actively participates in class and having an energetic personality. Once Trenton earns his CDL Class B License, he plans to own his own trucking business and partner in a moving business with his father.

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