Mr. Justus Gatewood is a recent graduate from the Summer Youth Program. Here is his testimony:
“This program has been good for me. The reason why this program has been good for me is a lot of the courses have helped me to learn and know what to do in life. Another reason why this summer program has been good for me is some of the name of the courses and what I learn in the course help with some things that I want to do when I grow up. Also, this program is doing good for me because in the course entry level leadership it helps me so I can learn how to be a better leader. Finally, these courses are going good for me because in the www.wordpress.com and www.wordpress.com course I am learning new things. Some new things that I am learning from www.wordpress.com are how to do online platforms and free hosting also how to install things onto www.wordpress.com On www.wordpress.org I am learning how to open source software. From my experience participating in this whole summer program has been good after I got the hang of what I must do and after you start doing your work it is not that hard. The program has impacted my professional growth when I learned about experiencing open mildness, dream team: teaching, empowers, assignments and molds. I also learned decision making, power of positivity and adversity on how to be a better leader.”
Throughout the 6 week Summer Employment Program, Justus worked on improving his written and oral communication skills. Justus aspires to be in Law Enforcement, but until he makes his dream come true, he is happy working in customer service as a cashier.
Mr. Sullivan is one of the many individuals who have had success utilizing the Military Corps Career Connect (C3) program in the state of Maryland. C3 is a state-wide initiative assisting transitioning service members, recently separated veterans, and active duty military spouses smoothly transition into a civilian career path.
Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is one of the four sub-recipients of the C3 grant which was awarded to Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Mr. Sullivan initially connected with the C3 Veteran Navigator as he was preparing for military retirement at the end of August. He was “looking to make his military certifications and experience more in-line with the civilian workforce.” By word of mouth, Mr. Sullivan had heard that the C3 program might be able to help fund civilian certifications and provide him with career coaching services. He was enrolled in C3 and he and his Veteran Navigator created an employment plan to get him on the right track in terms of his job search.
Mr. Sullivan was very proactive in applying for positions and was able to obtain individualized assistance with polishing his resume. The C3 Veteran Navigator partnered with the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Fleet and Family Support Center to hold a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification training. Mr. Sullivan was one of 10 C3 participants in this five-day bootcamp-style training. He was given a pretraining workshop, a post-training review session, and assistance with submitting his application to the Project Management Institute (PMI). The C3 grant funded the training program, all extra sessions, a oneyear PMI membership, and an exam voucher for each participant. Mr. Sullivan sat for the PMP certification exam which he passed on the first attempt. He is now considered a PMP-certified professional.
He has retired from the military and has begun his second career as a Lead Hardware Engineer with a local technology company. Mr. Sullivan believes that the C3 program helped him to improve his marketability, ultimately securing him a full-time job in the private sector. He stated, “The C3 program is a great service to assist transitioning service members. It improved my dossier and helped me to land a job locally at the high end of my desired salary range!” Through this grant-funded program, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland has been able to assist over 80 individuals with their career transitions since June of 2017. We hope to continue making this type of impact on our military community!