Gerly Hebert has never shied away from hard work. Working at a pineapple plantation in home country of the Philippines, Hebert regularly put in 12-15 hour days. She earned the respect of her managers for her dedication and fortitude, but her weekly salary of $20 simply wasn’t enough to support her family.
After just four weeks of training, Melissa Hirsch is poised to make a fresh start. Hirsch completed a four-week welding course that was part of a MN-DEED Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) grant sponsored by Pine Technical & Community College - Employment and Training Center. She's now employed full-time as a welder at Premier Pontoon, earning a great wage and making a better life for her family.