‘Linda’ had been living in poverty but was determined to succeed. She had a BA in Advertising and worked in the field for a while, yet knew she wanted more. She knew there were trades with long-term career opportunities and that the work was in demand. After completing a trades rotation program, she was placed in ANEW’s Carpenters Apprenticeship where she excelled. She got a job work within two weeks on the Sound Transit Rail Project, where she received multiple support services resources, including obtaining her tools and work gear. She was able to get her initiation to the union paid with support service funds, which allowed her to take the job and be on the dispatch list. As a first-year carpenter apprentice, her starting wage is $25.25 and Linda truly enjoys her job. Working for Sound Transit will provide a great career because of high demand for light rail expansion and maintenance.