by Jennifer Bowden, Training Facilitator
If you haven’t made it over to the FCC for career search or small business assistance – or one of our (great!) workshops – you’re still likely to run into the FCC staff around town. (Like Visa, we’re everywhere you want to be…)
Our fearless leader, FCC Supervisor Pam Bellaver, is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Ferndale Area Chamber and FernCare. She’s also a tireless cheerleader for everything Ferndale-related, from the schools to the local businesses to the many annual events that take place locally – in fact, you’ve probably already met her somewhere. She’s an uber-networker and always ready to get you connected to someone you need to know. Keep an eye out. Say hi next time – she’s a friendly gal.
The local business community and anyone active in social media have probably already met Heather Coleman-Voss, our Business Services Coordinator and resident social media super-genius. She has Ferndale running through her veins – which is why you’ll catch her at local business events and hanging out at the Ferndale Chamber for Marketing Mondays. A local and regional speaker, Heather also runs social media business workshops right here at the Ferndale Career Center. One of her favorite things is recruiting talent for area businesses.
Our Administrative Assistant extraordinaire, Michele Sibula, keeps everything running smoothly here at the FCC. Michele also chairs the Relay for Life of Ferndale. She’s an amazing advocate for this event – even if you’ve never thought about getting involved in Relay, Michele can find a way for you to be a part of things! From kick-starting our fundraisers and finding donations to recruiting walkers and supervising the setup, Michele is at the heart of this incredible event (and she drives one heck of a golf cart).
You’ll find my colleague Gerard Baltrusaitis at all kinds of networking and business events, since he’s an Ambassador for the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. He’s a fixture at libraries throughout the area, where he runs career clubs for job seekers, and he’s a featured speaker at the Hazel Park and Ferndale Adult Education programs. Gerard is the Workshop and Training Coordinator at the FCC, and we work together to bring career-oriented workshops and events to our community.
Kyrsten Rue, our Youth Coordinator, is always out and about in the community. You’ll see her presenting at our Ferndale Public Schools and local colleges, educating youth on how to begin taking the first steps into the working world. Kyrsten works directly with many area businesses, and has had a tremendous positive impact on the youth of our community and their employers. Kyrsten is also a writer and a contributor to our blog.
When I’m not busy writing blog posts and running in-house workshops, I get out and about as well. I’m a regular guest presenter, teaching career classes at Ferndale Adult Education – one of my favorite projects! – and I lead the career club at Affirmations in Ferndale, leading up to the 2nd Annual LGBT Midwest Job Expo in July.
It’s great to be part of the Ferndale community! We’re really grateful for the local businesses that have supported our events, been guest speakers, promoted our services, referred (and hired!) our clients, attended business workshops, and generally made this an outstanding place to live and work. While there are all kinds of great things going on at the center, we love to get out into the community and help people get back to work. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates – and be sure to let us know how we can support you in your job search and business endeavours.
Give us a call – 248.586.8930.