"Alumni receives Employment Achievement Award!"
Alumnus Alex Novak received a very special award
Alex Novak - Celebrating a Job Well Done!
If you stop for lunch at the Eat ‘N Park in Monroeville on Tuesday or Friday, you can be sure your table and seat are clean, and you might see Alex busily removing dishes and wiping down the next table! And if you find yourself in the Giant Eagle in Murrysville on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, you might find Alex bagging your groceries! He will take them to your car for you, if you need assistance too!
Alex has worked hard to successfully navigate the path to successful independent employment and takes pride in his jobs!
Alex was recently nominated by his Supports Coordinator for the Employment Achievement Award in Westmoreland County. She was impressed with his hard work and commitment to his two part time jobs and the pride he takes in being an active working member of the community. He was selected and received the award at the Westmoreland County Employment Transition Conference on October 14.
Alex began working at Giant Eagle in the fall of 2010, as a senior in high school as part of a work-study program with his Learning Support teacher. Following graduation from Franklin Regional High School, Alex attended the St. Anthony program at Duquesne University, and was able to continue his job training at Giant Eagle as part of their program. Ultimately, Alex ended up working at Giant Eagle independently two days a week, and celebrated 5 years employment in the fall of 2015! When we shop at Giant Eagle, the cashiers tell us what a great job he does, and that he is a friendly co-worker!
Alex enjoyed all of his job experiences during his time in the St. Anthony program at Duquesne, but his favorite job was bussing tables at Red Ring Grille! He enjoyed being in the public with lots of people, and took his job of quickly clearing the tables for the waitresses very seriously. After graduating from the program, he applied and interviewed for the job of busboy at the Eat ‘N Park restaurant near our home. They were willing to giving him the opportunity to demonstrate his skills. Initially, he started with a job coach to help him learn all the details, but now he works independently. When we occasionally join Alex for a meal after his shift, the waitresses always stop by our table to chat with Alex and to tell us what a great job he does!
We are grateful to all the people who have helped Alex become the hardworking young man he is today, and we are proud that his success has been noticed and acknowledged. Congratulations, Alex, on a job well done!
Lori and Nick Novak