Discovery Programs gave UCAN case manager a strong start
Determination. Optimism. Courage. Focus. Self awareness.
These strengths are among the lessons Di Bradley she gained from a Rogue Community College program designed to prepare students for college.
“When I first started Moving On, I didn’t know what to expect. I was kind of a wallflower,” Bradley recalled.
Moving On, located on the Redwood Campus, and Bright Futures on the Riverside Campus, comprise RCC’s two Discovery programs, whose mission is to help students get off to a strong start.
Discovery programs focus on preparing students for college. Students strengthen their academic skills, develop education and career plans, and build confidence as they prepare to enroll the following term. Students also explore living-wage careers; participate in team building, networking, and community awareness; and build scholarship application, time management, and study skills.
“The most important lesson I learned is to focus on what makes you happy and what is your passion and find something that fits,” said Bradley, now a housing case manager at United Community Action Network (UCAN). “I love what I do,” she added.
Bradley grew up near Gold Hill and attended Crater High School. After dropping out, she heard about Moving On at RCC. She also took Adult Basic Skills classes to get on track. A career aptitude test indicated social services as an option, “but I brushed the idea aside,” she recalled with a laugh.
Initially she’d been interested in dental hygiene, but job shadowing a hygienist showed Bradley it wasn’t right for her. Meanwhile she found her calling at Moving On.
“I loved working with students in transition, and it just seemed to really fit,” Bradley said. She began building a steady stream of success: employment as a student worker advising assistant with Moving and then hired as director of Faith House transitional home.
In 2008 she graduated with her one-year Human Services Assistant certificate and soon joined UCAN.
“The best part of my job is being able to help people work through tough transitions,” Bradley said. “Once people are able to meet their basic needs - food and shelter - they’re more like to succeed,” she explained. “Watching the transformations happen is amazing.”
Bradley often refers clients to the program that helped her get on a winning track.
“Moving On was such a big support,” she said. “They listened and were very encouraging but also direct and to the point.”
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