Savhanna learned about the Elevate Program through friends. When she enrolled, her main goal was to obtain her GED. While attending GED classes, she also worked at The Workforce Connection’s Career Center through the Work Experience (WEX) Program. Savhanna says that she enjoyed her co-workers and working with the awesome clients in our community. Even though it was difficult, especially with the challenges of COVID, Savhanna successfully obtained her GED in July 2020. She also victoriously attended and completed welding training at First Institute and received her AWS Welding certification.

Savhanna is currently working full-time at Franklin Wire in Belvidere as a welder and is happy to have a great job and co-workers. Advice that Savhanna has for other youth is, “enroll into Elevate because it’s changed my life for the better. It is a great opportunity, the staff is so supportive. The only thing that is stopping you is you!”

Way to go Savhanna, we are so very proud of you and we wish you the best of luck.