Bidwell Training Center graduate
Linda Bunce had been out of school for many years and was unfulfilled with her job when she decided to enter Bidwell Training Center to learn the skills necessary to make a career move.
How Linda Discovered BTC
“I was working at the United States Post Office before I went back to school. I knew this was not a job I wanted to do the rest of my life, even though the money was good. I wanted to go back to school and CareerLink told me about Bidwell. I was nervous about going back to school and I got tutored at Bidwell before the program even began. I learned a lot in that one year and it all pertains to my career now. Bidwell gave me the skills and also the knowledge on how to find a job. I went on many interviews and actually turned down jobs.”
Proving it to Herself, Family, and Employers
Linda currently works at NOVA Chemicals in the Quality Control Lab as a Chemical Laboratory Technician. She credits her instruction at Bidwell with providing the foundation she needed to enter a new career field.
“When I graduated I did my externship at NOVA and I believe that really helped me get a job there two years later. Before I got the job at NOVA I worked at Bayer for 18 months as a temporary employee. I had the skills to perform well at both jobs. On an everyday basis I use the math and lab techniques I learned at Bidwell. I felt confident at Bayer and NOVA that I could perform as well as any other college grad. I am now making more money and I am happy to go to work!”
Linda’s experience at Bidwell has made a lasting and positive impact on her life, both on the job and at home.
“I went back to school in my late 30s. I challenged myself, and proved to my kids that it's never too late to go back to school. My family is very proud of me. A good job doesn't come overnight. After graduation employers want to see experience, so my advice is to take a temporary job and while you are working surf the web for jobs. I have received most of my interviews through Monster.com. Bidwell gives you the skills but you have to prove yourself once you’re out there in the working world.”