Success Stories: Carshella Porter | WRTPAt WRTP | BIGSTEP, our WANTO (Women in Nontraditional Occupations) program is transforming lives and careers right here in Milwaukee. Through tailored training, case management, and supportive services, we’re breaking down barriers and empowering women to thrive in traditionally male-dominated fields. One shining example of success in the WANTO program is Carshella Porter, a determined single mother of two. Upon completion of the RPP (Residential Preference Program) Certification in March 2022, Carshella continued working on her career aspirations and enrolled in our Entry-Level Construction Skills Training (ELCS) class from April to May 2022. She earned industry-recognized credentials, including OSHA certification, First Aid training, a CDL permit, and more. In March 2023, she continued her journey as a Laborer Apprentice with Mortenson.

To support Carshella in her apprenticeship, through WANTO, we provided her with essential resources, including composite toe boots, uniforms, tools, a reflective jacket, and transportation support through gas cards.

Carshella Porter’s story epitomizes the transformative impact of our programs and the determination of our participants. Through hard work and dedication, she has become a role model for those aspiring to nontraditional occupations. We are immensely proud of her achievements and the strides she has made both personally and professionally.

She was named as the Tradeswoman of the Week on June 4, 2024, by TRADESFUTURE. She is now a third-year Local 113 Laborer.

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