Success Story: Fletcher
After graduating from Independence High School in 1996, Fletcher was referred to Goodwill by a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. He took part in Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Training Program, which was designed for individuals with disabilities who had difficulty obtaining or maintaining employment. Fletcher spent long days in the Industrial Services Department, putting together pieces and parts for industrial contract clients as he learned basic work skills.
Vocational Coaching Specialist David Washam remembers Fletcher as one of his brightest students. “We could tell that he was brilliant with numbers and dates,” said Washam. “After a few months of training, we wondered if Fletcher could handle our Careers in Banking program.”
Handle it he did – with flying colors. Fletcher passed all of the requirements to enter the course and soon after graduating, he landed a job with BB&T’s operations division, where he has been a valued employee ever since.
“Fletcher rarely misses work,” said Tracey Clark, production manager for BB&T’s operation division and Fletcher’s supervisor. “He has missed maybe 5 or 6 days in the more than 15 years he has worked with us.” He also performed well during the bank’s move to a more digital environment in 2007. Though some employees were unable to successfully make the transition to digital imaging, Fletcher’s attention to detail and abilities with numbers allowed him to smoothly adapt to the changes.
Known for his love of art, Fletcher has certainly left his mark on his department – he draws intricate geometrical designs and his artwork can be seen in cubicles around the room. “Fletcher is an artist, he handles his own expenses, pays bills and has a credit card,” Clark said. “I am proud of him.”
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