WVNCC helping people in recovery get back on their feet

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Wheeling, WV (WTRF) – People fighting drug addictions, or are struggling in other ways, are finding their way back on their feet… all with some training.

They call it Forklift Operator Safety and Training.

There’s so many others that this training has helped than just those fighting substance use. They even help those overcoming homeless, incarceration, and other employment barriers.

It all began just weeks ago after West Virginia Northern Community College and Jobs and Hope West Virginia teamed up.

“We see how individuals who might be at a very low point, but they rise to their full potential and are successful.”

Kelly Pizzoferrato, Transition agent at Jobs & Hope West Virginia

And in just two days of training, several facing obstacles in life won’t have to just get by anymore.
But get back on their feet.

Once West Virginia Northern Community College and Jobs and Hope West Virginia teamed up, 10 lives were beginning to look up in no time.

“Our focus is to help people improve their lives.”

Dr. Phil Klein, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at WVNCC

“I’m just so proud of my participants, and I’m so proud to know this many individuals are willing to learn new skills.”

Kelly Pizzoferrato, Transition agent at Jobs & Hope West Virginia

For this training, they’re learning how to drive in a forklift, go through a course and maneuver safely. There was a classroom part to it, as well as a hands-on.

And from it, they’ll get a certificate and skill set they can offer to their next job, which WVNCC says is just the beginning of starting over for them.

“I think it really is the fundamental base of what we do here at West Virginia Northern community college… to give them the training so they can get a good job, and produce a living wage so they can take care of their family and themselves.”

Dr. Phil Klein, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at WVNCC

Meanwhile WVNCC and the Jobs and Hope West Virginia can only hope the best for them, as they go into the next chapter of their lives.

“I hope that they’ll remember us, and remember the quality of training they received here, and when they’re looking for future training, whether it’s in healthcare, welding, maybe even engineering, that they’ll come back to West Virginia Northern.”

Dr. Phil Klein, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at WVNCC

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