Wired for Success: From Homeless Shelter to High-Paying Job
Women in Trades Series: High-Voltage Technician Reinvented Herself at Orleans.
Everyone has their own version of rock bottom. Last summer, Alison Battestelli found hers. She had recently moved from a homeless shelter into her inlaws Oxford Circle home. She was stuck in a dead-end retail job and trying to support her disabled husband as well as their 8-month-old daughter. And she was depressed.
But Battestelli also had an idea. She wanted to reinvent herself, wanted to start a new career. So she went onto the Internet and found a link to the Residential and Commercial Electricity training program offered by Orleans Technical College. Six months later, Battestelli landed a lucrative new job as an apprentice high-voltage technician.
Photo credit: Northeast Times, Donna Dipaolo
— Alison Battestelli, Orleans Tech Graduate, Class of 2016