#MotivationMonday: Samantha Fickens is driving her own career

This week for #MotivationMonday we’re spotlighting Samantha Fickens, another Education 2 Employment beneficiary that came determined to provide a better lifestyle for her son and focused on achieving her goals. Her top goal? Obtain her Commercial Drivers License.

Fickens faced typical setbacks and challenges. Although she had gained the required Silver level in her reading and math portions, her toughest challenge was the “Locating Information” portion of the Work Keys assessment test. Third chance was a charm for Fickens. She achieved her Silver level in “Locating Information” and was ready to move on to the next portion of her CDL training.

After a grueling four weeks of CDL training, Fickens gained her CDL license. During her training, Fickens began seeking employment. She accepted a position with St. Andrew PSD as a driver in August. Currently, Fickens is working full time Monday through Thursday and receives benefits and bonuses.

“I’ve always wanted to provide for my son and with E2E I was able to use the tools they gave me to create my own success,” Samantha Fickens, E2E Graduate, states about her experience with E2E “I have never been so proud of myself.”
To give back, Fickens plans on returning to E2E to share her story and encourage current participants to stick with it. Not only that, Fickens intends to share her career with others and show them, that they too can obtain their CDL. All it takes is determination and focus.

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