Emily Campbell’s story is an inspiring example of resilience, determination, and the power of second chances. Despite facing personal challenges, Emily was able to turn her life around through hard work, support, and training.
Emily’s journey began when she participated in the Cadet to Work Program (CWP) through AMYA and Alaska Works Partnership in 2017. This program gave her the opportunity to explore different construction trades and gain valuable skills and knowledge. Emily completed several trainings, including electrical wiring, carpentry, and OSHA 10hr, which laid the foundation for her future career.
However, Emily faced personal struggles and became a substance abuser. She ended up in the Hiland Correctional Facility and entered a recovery program at AK addiction rehabilitation services in Wasilla. This was a turning point for Emily, as she was able to overcome her addiction and work hard to rebuild her life.
Emily’s story took another positive turn when she ran into her Alaska Works case manager, who encouraged her to apply for a Heavy Equipment Operating 40hr training. Emily excelled in the training and discovered a passion for operating heavy equipment.
With the support of her case manager, Emily applied to the Operating Engineers Local 302 heavy equipment operating apprenticeship and was accepted in December 2022. This was a significant achievement for Emily, as it meant she would have the opportunity to work in a high-demand trade with good earning potential.
Throughout her journey, Emily acknowledges that her sobriety played a critical role in her success. She also credits the training and guidance she received from Alaska Works Partnership, which helped her gain the skills and knowledge she needed to pursue her career goals.
Emily’s story is an inspiring reminder that no matter what challenges we face, it is never too late to start over and pursue our dreams. Her experience highlights the importance of access to training and support services, especially for individuals who have experienced setbacks or personal struggles.
Emily’s message to others who have faced similar challenges is clear: seek help and support, work hard to overcome obstacles, and consider a career in construction apprenticeship.