Michael Hill came to the WTC (Work Training Center) Job Developer with one goal: to get a job! Mike came with years of successful work experience in both work programs and in the community. But after not getting the hours he desired at his last job, he felt hopeless and realized he needed help in attaining the kind of long-term position that he was looking for. Mike began his internship at Butte Creek Country Club shortly after interviewing with the then head chef, Mimi. Mimi immediately put Mike at ease with her warm and inviting yet energetic personality.
On Mike’s first day, he was assigned to shadow a dishwasher named Shane. Within the first few hours it became clear that Shane did not need to hang around except to answer the occasional question. All the kitchen and waitstaff were friendly and kind to Mike. They asked about him and wanted to make sure he was comfortable. Shane was able to move away to completing other tasks during Mike’s first shift and remarked to the job coach about how fast Mike was picking up the tasks.
About a month later, Mike asked for more hours. Though there was only a need for Mike to be a dishwasher part-time, he was supported by the General Manager, Nick Bailey, to branch out into another department. Mike’s work history showcased his ability to work in the facilities department, and Mike was excited to add some shifts in that department to his schedule.
Soon, Mike was given a set of keys to the country club so that he could start his shift completely independently. Mike learned how to turn off the facility alarm and had a solid morning routine to begin his shift in the Facilities department.
Mike’s monthly evaluations consistently reflected his attention to detail, punctuality, attendance, and willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done. The staff Mike worked with constantly made him feel an important part of the team. He was often called in to cover shifts when others were absent. A short six months later, Mike’s internship was over. Nick had been watching Mike closely and reviewing the evaluations of Mike’s supervisors. Nick knew right away that he’d be bringing Mike on to Butte Creek Country Club staff when the internship ran out, and that’s exactly what happened.
Mike is elated to be a regular staff member at BCCC and is so thankful that he sought out the WTC Job Developer for assistance in achieving his goal.