Student Success Story
Submitted By: Bill Bettencourt, Placer School for Adults
Consortium: Sierra Joint Consortium
Program Area(s): Career Technical Education , Workforce Re-entry
In late August 2017, I was laid off from my office manager position in Auburn, California that I had held for 29 years. I was lost and had little idea how to go about look for a new job.
I had received the Placer School for Adults class catalog in the mail and decided to take some class to brush up on my skills. The classes and instructors were wonderful! I took almost every class offered from August through early November, and I learned so much from resumes to interviewing. One class I took was on networking – I did not believe this was very valuable at the time, but I could not have been more wrong.
In November, I had an acquaintance tell me that she heard an employee was leaving her position at a business in Grass Valley and that I should call and use her name to get an interview. I did this and the rest is history. Thanks to the skills I learned at Placer School for Adults in the Get Hired series regarding interviewing, I was confident during my interviews with the executive board. I am now employed with Nevada County. I love this job and still can’t believe I landed in such a wonderful place. The PSA office staff and instructors are the best and kept me positive during a very scary time in life. Attending the classes gave me the structure I needed after my layoff, and I learned so much.