It’s difficult to begin summarizing Twyla Owen, not because there is not enough to say, but more so, because there is so much. At thirty-two Twyla has already accomplished much in her life through her own determination and hard work.
Twyla first became associated with the STEP program through an information session held for the Women in Trades program that she and STEP were participating in. Her hope through this association was to receive certifications, make employer contacts and receive the elusive employment offer. When Twyla was finished with the WITT program a meeting was set-up to speak with the TES from the STEP program to develop a plan or rather a partnership between the two that would result in employment success for Twyla. It was also the start of a great relationship that began over a year ago and still exists today.
All it took to place Twyla into a new position were a few tweaks to a resume, a few coaching sessions, a great employer with a long-term opportunity, a CSTS course and an interview. Twyla’s great attitude combined with her strong work ethic is what has enabled her to still be with that same employer, and now in a capacity of second year carpenter’s apprentice. She still maintains contact with STEP and lets her TES know how it’s going. She shares her future plans, achievements both professionally and personally, new construction site jokes that she has heard and also what she plans next. Perhaps after her Journeyman Carpenter status is achieved she will become an Electrician. We can only wait and see, but it is most likely that STEP will still be there for her next accomplishment.