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It’s Just the Beginning

Andorra, Macomb St Clair Michigan Works, Success Stories

It’s Just the Beginning 

Clinton Township Career Center
Submitted by Michael Draheim 

Nearly three years following completion of training, former Michigan Works! participant, Andorra, provided the career planner with her career update. Laid off as a Sales Development Representative in 2019, she had been unhappy with cold calling and sales jobs. Looking to return to school but without a huge student loan, Andorra was able to enroll in training with tuition assistance from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Andorra completed a fourteen-week software development bootcamp at Tech Elevator. She says, “Immediately out of bootcamp I was able to get my first software development job at United Wholesale Mortgage. I spent over two years there, getting two promotions and two merit raises.”

“I recently left for PureCars, accepting a significant pay bump and the ability to work fully remote. I went from dead-end jobs, depression, and the inability to support my family to a person that is happy, and thankful; with a huge career trajectory and the time and money to support my family both financially and by being present. I have even had the time to mentor other women that are going through what I’d been through. The past three years has more than doubled my income, given me a huge network, and cut all commute time. And this is just the beginning. I’m still just a Software Developer 1. I can’t be more thankful for the advice and help that I got from Michael. He’s fantastic.”