A year ago, DeAndre lost his wife to cancer. After this tragic loss, this single father of two twin girls needed to find a path to create a secure future for his family. He did just that by joining our fall 2016 session of the Job and Leadership Training program.  He took advantage of all the opportunities provided through JLT and went above and beyond in order to find himself a worthwhile job through an important partnership.

Our partnerships are essential to the success of our programs. BJC HealthCare is one such organization to play a large role in our JLT program. They led the development of our Health class curriculum and one of their staff members, Erin Roesemeier, co-teaches the class with Jason Watson each session.

Due to the strict requirements that go along with working in a hospital system, we had been unable to find an internship opportunity at BJC that worked for our students. But DeAndre was willing to do the work to make that possible. He filled out the extra forms and finished the extra requirements to be placed in an internship as a Linen Supply Tech and worked hard to prove himself. He even quit smoking cold turkey in order to fulfill BJC’s nicotine-free policy.  DeAndre became our first JLT student to intern at and be hired by this longtime partner. He continues to be a dedicated employee for BJC today.