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Student Success Story: Michael Tammaro

When I met Michael the first thing I got to know about him was that he loves cars. His love for cars stems from the exposure he got working with his uncle at various BMW auto body shops, so matching him with an internship at Subaru of Wakefield, where he also lives, was a no-brainer. He mainly works in the recon shop cleaning the exterior and interior of cars that have been sold. “I love it here, it’s a good fit for me,” was the first thing he said when I did my initial check-in. And we could not have asked for a better advocate and partner like Mike Rossi, Service Manager and Michael’s supervisor at Subaru of Wakefield. Mike also has over 10 years’ previous experience in the human services field. When asked how Michael did after his first day Mike Rossi replied, “He did an amazing job. He spent the evening over with the recon department and we showed him how we prep cars. After about an hour he was completely hands on washing and prepping cars.  Michael has been an absolute joy to have.”

Michael’s is beginning his last week of his internship with hopes he may be able to work part-time at this dealership. I asked him a few questions about his experience.

Q: Why did you want to be in the Transitions to Successful Careers (TSC) program?

A: To better prepare me to find and get a job in the future.

Q: Do you like your internship, and why?

A: I like it because it has to do with cars, and I love cars.

Q: Do you like your supervisor, and why?

A: I like him, he’s nice and fun.

Q: What new skills have you learned so far?

A: I’ve learned more about cars and how to clean them properly in the detail shop, like spraying the inside as well as the outside.

Q: Do you feel more confident about working?

A: Yes I do! I’ve never had a “real” job before; I used to just work with my uncle. Now I’m working independently and this internship is my own.

Q: What are your career goals?

A: To become an auto mechanic, succeed, and make money.

Q: What did you learn after being in the TSC program?

A: I learned how to interview better and how to look for a job. I didn’t have these skills before.

Q: Is the program and internship helping you work towards your career and life goals?

A: Yes, I have more confidence and skills now.

Q: Alright, here’s a fun question: What’s your favorite car?

A: Definitely BMW E30

Triangle Inc.’s Transitions to Successful Careers (TSC) programs are delivering cohort programs for students enrolled in high school or secondary educational programs who live in the Braintree, Brockton, and Malden MRC catchment areas. We currently serve 75 participants by delivering a 5-day job readiness boot camp followed by a 6-week internship position with a local business partner.
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First Job to a Fulfilling Career

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Everyone remembers their first job. We were inspired to read the stories of Mayor Marty Walsh and his colleagues’ first work experiences and we’re especially proud to live in a city where summer jobs for young people are highly valued. In this spirit, we want to share Sara’s story of a first job that opened the door to a perfect fit.

On Monday, Triangle, Inc. took a moment to talk with Sara, a North End resident and alum of our EPIC Service Warriors program. Sara has worked hard in recent years to cultivate education and experience relevant to her professional goals: she graduated from the Cotting School, Riverview School, PROJECT Search, and the UMass Institute for Community Inclusion.

Sara’s first professional position was at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge where she worked two days a week in the dietary department. Sara loves to help others, and was excited about working in the hospital, but she didn’t feel like the dietary department was a good long-term fit. Sara was driven to make a change that would put her on the path toward the right career.

Thanks to Sara’s parents who support and challenge her to be independent, and the efforts of the talented team at the UMASS Institute for Community Inclusion, Sara was able to take that next step and join the Shipping and Receiving team at Boston Children’s Hospital.Sara working at Boston Children's Hospital - 1

Sara now works full time at the hospital sorting incoming packages and delivering vital materials to physicians on all 13 floors; she says, “I run all over the hospital!” She is proud of her work and uses skills she learned at her first job. “You have to be nice and friendly with people. I like getting to know the doctors and staff but I always remind myself to be professional.”

We are thrilled that Sara is working 40 hours a week and enjoying an independent life in Boston’s beautiful North End. Unfortunately, Sara’s success is not as common as one would hope. As of January 2017, only 19.5% of Americans with disabilities were employed. For students with disabilities, first jobs are not just a way to stay busy, but a vital step toward establishing a successful career. Triangle, Inc. works with politicians, business partners, and driven individuals like Sara to try to connect people with disabilities to meaningful work opportunities for people with disabilities.

Triangle, Inc. is excited to announce an initiative that collaborates with Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Program to ensure that more Boston students with disabilities can transform summer jobs into successful careers. Thanks to Mayor Walsh’s leadership and the skills of young Bostonians like Sara, we are confident that we can continue building a city that offers innovative career opportunities for people with ability.

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