“I have been out of the workforce raising my family for the past twenty years and found that by today’s standards I didn’t have the knowledge or the skill-set to re-enter today’s job-force. Through the Arizona Department of Rehabilitation in Prescott Arizona I was matched with a job counselor who suggested I take some basic computer courses offered at Yavapai College. Once I completed the courses she suggested I look into the AARP TAP Program, a paid training program offered through AARP. I was introduced to Donna Bellina at Yavapai College The Retiree Connection and was thrilled to find out they were serving as a Host Agency for the TAP program.
After meeting with Donna she set up an interview with The City of Prescott in the HR Department. Mary Jacobsen, the HR Specialist felt that I would be a good match to meet some of their administrative needs. The rest is history! I’m learning and growing professionally with the help of these wonderful people . Due to my time training here, I know now I have both the skills and the ability to re-enter the workforce confident in all I do. The AARP Tap program has made a huge difference in my life. I’m ready now to move forward and see what life has to offer me. Thank you Retiree Connection and a special thanks to Prescott’s greatest match-maker Donna Bellina.”
ABC 15 News Showcases Prescott As A Top Small City For Business And Careers
Click on the link below to view our featured video on ABC News out of Phoenix. It just keeps getting better.
Retiree Connection "Water Smart" Commercials Are Aired
The Retiree Connection would like to thank Rick Derman and Clark Engle who were an integral part in 12 radio spots that are airing on KAHM. Clark Engle collaborated with Donna Bellina to supply the voice talent. Rick Derman did a great job writing some upbeat commercials about the "Water Smart" Program that were informative and represented the voice of the Retiree Connection. Check out more information about the Water Smarts program at www.prescott-az.gov
Travel Discounts for Volunteers and Educators!
This promotion, which we just found out about on the Jauntsetter blog, is being offered by Sage Hospitality as a way to support volunteerism. They're only giving out a limited number of completely free hotel stays, but the 50% discounts will run through March 2010, so you have plenty of time to plan your getaway.
Sage also offers a deal for active and retired teachers and school administrators! Educators can get a 50% discount on rooms at all the company's hotels, up until December 30, 2009.
I love the idea behind these promotions. There are already plenty of rewards out there for those who travel frequently or have certain corporate affiliations. Now, people are getting rewarded for choosing to volunteer (anywhere!) or work in schools.
Disneyland and Disney World are planning to get in on the action too, starting in January 2010, when they'll offer free days at its theme parks after completing certain volunteer projects.