A program graduate shares her thoughts

Lynette Douglas-Coleman graduated from the trainee program and now works as a Public Works service worker 1 for the City. She shared her thoughts on the experience and working for the City.

Q. How did the Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program help you?
A. “Being able to come to a job that I love every day is a dream come true. Starting a new career 10 days before you turn 50 can be scary. It hasn't been at all. (Age ain't nothing but a number.) I look forward to what the future brings.”

Q. Would you recommend the program to others?
A. Absolutely, and I have, especially to the young ones, male and female. Gender is not an issue if you can do the job. They can start and end their career with the City. You have a livelihood that can support your family and still be home for dinner.”

Q. Tell me about your experience in the Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program?
A. “It has been an exciting challenge. We learned the infrastructure of the city and have been cross trained accordingly. Working in a tunnel 100-feet down all winter was a surreal experience in itself.”

Q. What do you enjoy about your new job?
A. “I love the versatility of my job. With the cross training and rotations, we have no time to get bored. Our duties can change from day to day.”

Q. What do you enjoy about working for the City?
A. “I have gained a new sense of respect and appreciation for the city I grew up in. Taking care of it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment. You think you know your city until you start working for it. We save the city on a daily basis.”

Lynette

Published Sep 21, 2016

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