Freddy Ntamulenga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was referred to StepForward by a partner agency (LVCA) while he was working in Housekeeping at the University of Virginia (UVA). His dream, however, was to become trained and licensed as an electrician.
The primary obstacle to attending evening electronics classes at CATEC was ongoing quality childcare for his 4 young children since his wife was employed during the evening. With support from StepForward, and with Freddy’s hard work and determination, eventually came major recognition from UVA when he was accepted in a 4 year Apprenticeship Program. The first 2 years of this full time employment in UVA Facilities Management included training in several different licensed trades, electronics being one of them. For the remaining two years he can choose to focus only on his chosen trade of electronics with ongoing training and classes.
As of August 2022 Freddy has already been able to make that choice. So he is clearly on the path to reaching his aspired goal. His strong motivation, which is a major criteria for any StepForward client, has been profoundly evident, propelling him on his chosen path.