TAA Leads to a New Career
William Iacovacci worked for many companies and in many fields throughout his working career.
He worked as Security/Management where he was responsible for opening and closing the establishment, cashiering, scheduling, payroll and inventory control. He then worked at a construction company for a year as a driver/laborer, transporting machinery and equipment to job sites. He then spent over ten years in a sales/delivery/inventory control positon with a food company. Most recently, William worked for Hostess Brands as a Route Sales Representative (2012), making $19.90/hour. After just one year on the job, he was laid off due to lack of work. Little did he know this layoff was going to be a life changing event.
William attended the TAA Orientation/Registration in April of 2013, curious and hopeful of the benefits offered through the TAA Program. He completed the necessary assessments workshops by the end of May of 2013.
It was during his extensive career exploration that he discovered Occupation Therapy Assistant as a viable career option. He continued researching the labor market and job availability in Michigan. Being satisfied with the 27% growth outlook for the field, he began researching schools/training.
He chose to pursue Baker College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant Program, and was actively enrolled as a full-time student in September of 2013.
Although the program was long and stressful, William clung to his “failure is not an option” outlook, graduating with a 3.54 GPA in December, 2015. He took and passed his NBCOT Certification Examination in April of 2016. William interviewed with Heartland in early June and was hired in as an Occupational Therapist Assistant on June 18, 2016, at an hourly wage of $20.00.