Bidwell Training Center graduate
Nancy Hessler was working 60 hours a week as a waitress when she entered the Chemical Laboratory Technician program at Bidwell Training Center.
“I was Second Sommelier at Le Mont Restaurant. I also had a lunch job at the James Street Tavern. I was making good money working mostly evenings, weekends and holidays, but being on my legs the whole time and carrying heavy trays was taking its toll on my body. I found out about Bidwell when a friend saw a poster in the unemployment office and talked me into applying with her.”
Good Advice, Real Support
The positive reinforcement and academic training Nancy received at Bidwell has led directly to the success she has achieved today.
“First of all, the building was beautiful and I wanted to come in and learn. The instructors and advisors treated me with respect at all times, and were there to guide me in the right direction if I needed any kind of help. My training at Bidwell opened the door to a major corporation that would have never looked at me otherwise.”
A Career and a Second Education
For the last 13 years, Bayer Material Science has employed her as a technician specialist with the Industrial Finishes Group. Nancy will also graduate on the Dean’s List from Duquesne University this year with a Communications degree that will allow her to advance her career at Bayer, the underwriter of her education. Nancy was also invited to join Alpha Sigma Lambda Fraternity because of her academic standing.
BTC Taught Linda How to Study, Work Hard, and Grow
“Bidwell has definitely had a lasting impact on my life. Bill Strickland was a role model who instilled a work ethic that I carry to this day. At Bidwell, I was made to understand that being on time and showing up was paramount. I also learned good study habits and how to use positive feedback from others.”
Nancy is grateful for the career shift that has allowed her to spend more time with her family, and is still trying to make up for missing years of holidays with loved ones.
“If you want to make a change, you should take advantage of the programs and the job placement at Bidwell. You will learn real life skills, like coping with others in a close daily environment, and receive valuable constructive input. You will also appreciate the accomplishments that you’ve worked so hard for. You may even end up with a really good job!”