Success Stories

Geneva Garrett, Accounting/Payroll Clerk

College was something Geneva Garrett dreamt about but for one reason or another always felt out of reach. When the doors to the company where she spent a 30 year career closed in 2011, Garrett had no luck finding employment in her hometown of Bristol Virginia. Searching for help, Garrett reached out to the Virginia Employment Commission… Read more »


Robin J. Keene, Registered Nurse

With no prior work history, Robin Keene struggled to enter employment. She applied for the WIA Adult program on June 21, 2012 and was enrolled immediately July 10, 2012. With no work history or no formal training, it was recommended that Robin enter occupational skills training in order to enhance her employability. Robin’s assessments indicated… Read more »


Sabrina, Certified Nursing Assistant

Adult Program – People, Inc. Sabrina was a 22 year-old single mother receiving food stamps when she enrolled in our program in 2009. She had no marketable skills and had been unemployed for 20 of the previous 26 weeks and was only working three or four hours per week for a cleaning service. Sabrina demonstrated… Read more »


Thomas Woodward, Commercial Driver

Years of farming experience would provide anyone with workplace skills that would qualify them for many occupations. However, in a credential driven workforce, a lack of certifications including a high school diploma or GED, make it virtually impossible for anyone to find employment. This was true for Thomas “Walt” Woodward who had spend the past… Read more »


Travis Rife, Registered Nurse

Career Change Success Every day is busy in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Bristol Regional Medical Center (Wellmont Health Systems). However, no day is too busy for People Incorporated dislocated worker client Travis Rife, who is thankful for a work schedule as busy as his. “I am very blessed with the help I have received… Read more »


Tyler Bond, Police Officer

For WIA participant Tyler Bond, law enforcement is not just a job, it’s a calling; a call to public service and to protect public safety. This calling was evident to WIA staff when Tyler visited the Galax workforce office seeking assistance to move him away from public assistance and into self-sufficiency. Although Tyler possessed experience… Read more »