Ashley Felt’s Success Story
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth offers Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with a documented disability, age 14-22. The program was designed to help participants successfully transition from high school into post-secondary educational programs or employment.
Ashley Felt met the criteria and was referred to the program by her teachers and her Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Pre-ETS is divided between two semesters with the first semester focusing on life skills in a classroom setting, and the second semester providing hands-on, paid work experience.
Ashley was apprehensive and had a difficult time communicating with others. Though she lacked confidence in her decision-making abilities, she was determined to not let her disability define her. Through Pre-ETS, Ashley learned new skillsets that have made her a productive and independent student and employee.
After completing life skills training, Ashley was placed at Baylor Scott and White as a receptionist for her first paid work experience. In the cancer unit of the hospital, Ashley learned professional phone etiquette, assisted with data entry, filing paperwork, and the minor needs of patients. Through this experience, Ashley’s confidence grew in her ability to conduct herself in a professional setting.
Ashley’s second assignment was as a hostess and waitress in a restaurant. This role was vital for Ashley as it allowed her to overcome fears associated with her disability and become an independent worker.
She is set to graduate high school in 2021, and is excited to obtain full-time employment to put the skills she learned from Goodwill Fort Worth to work. Ashely aspires to be a restaurant manager, but for now will continue to serve as a role model for her peers.