Seasoned vocational counselor with 12+ years of coordinating, training, and managing employees and consumers. Professional yet fun, driven yet down to earth. Offering a unique combination of creativity and blended approach to the training process. Accountable, flexible, and driven by the success of the team.
My own direct sales business, market and sell the products and myself as a consultant and director, recruit team members (currently have a team of 21), network and communicate effectively, train new team members, train materials from the corporate office quarterly to 60 consultants, hit core personal and team goals to maintain top 3% of the company and continue to grow in title. Often exceed goals and have received numerous rewards.
Selected by Dakota County CTIC to assist with the Building Capacity to Create Work Experiences and Competitive Employment Opportunities for High School Students with Disabilities Grant Opportunity, Opening Doors in Dakota County. In addition to assisting collaborative partners and businesses in Dakota County with additional information about jobs, post-secondary training, and career planning, also assisted in planned activities for youth, their families, educators and service providers with the same objectives. The goal was to connect providers, employers, and students through vocational exploration, a post-secondary career fair, employer discussions, and business tours.
Instructed, developed, supervised, and managed student educational programs. Developed classroom curriculum and community work skills sites. Assisted, developed, and supported case managers with IEP goals and tracked progress via a rubric and through observations. Collaborated with an outside agency (ProAct Inc.) to find students community employment, and collaborated with other agencies (Pacer and Tree Trust) to develop a successful class paid internship (C3). Was a para with this district before teaching from August 2006-June 2007.
Worked closely with store manager to build effective teams, create strong morale and spirit in team members. Responsible for day-to-day store operations, employee hiring and firing, and training. Developed bi-weekly work schedules for 30-member employment team, and assisted in setting performance goals. Also was selected to set up and train new store employees in Illinois. Set up and managed (interim help) the Madison, WI store.
Provided specialized vocational and personal counseling to persons with disabilities. Used educational counseling techniques, employment plans, and resources to assist students with school-to-work/college transition. Worked collaboratively with a number of families, providers, and agencies to effectively meet the needs of consumers. Also managed a large adult caseload through career changes.
Communicative Disorders Speech Language Pathology
Experience training and comfortable speaking with people of various backgrounds and needs, experience with needs analysis and experience creating individual education and vocational plans, comfortable being managed, managing, and being accountable, comfortable with computers and online training, able to effectively vendor out services and communicate needs training for employee to match needs of the position, able to track progress and show results through metrics, experience creating surveys and obtaining feedback, understand the importance of proper training, have understanding of the importance of retaining productive employees
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