Ira Ward began participating in the WIA Youth Program in the fall of 2010. After meeting with a Case Manager to determine his career interests, Ira was set up with a temporary work experience at Oak Park Care Center as a Dietary and Laundry Aide.
Ira immediately enjoyed his work within this position. However, he initially struggled with meeting Oak Park’s work expectations. There were several instances when Ira incorrectly reported his time by claiming hours that were not actually worked. Ira’s Case Manager addressed this with him to assure that Ira learned how to accurately complete a time sheet and provided job readiness training in order to assist him with being successful in his work experience.
Ira made significant improvements in his work ethic and was offered a permanent position in Housekeeping. Ira accepted this position and began working on a part-time basis on November 24, 2010.
Ira continued to perform very well at Oak Park and maintained a positive attitude, which did not go unnoticed. Soon he was promoted to a supervisory position in the Housekeeping department. Nowadays Ira is responsible for signing new youth program participants’ time sheets while continue working full-time. Ira serves as a role model to other youth - an example of what can be accomplished by hard work and perseverance.
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment