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December 6, 2011
“The Library is a fantastic resource.”
David Yelle was realizing that the corporate environment was no longer for him. He had already established a career in corporate security, but was growing weary of the meetings and politics. While out with his girlfriend at Laurel Ridge State Park, he was commenting on his job dissatisfaction when a park ranger walked by. The two of them exchanged a glance: here was the perfect job for David.
“I've been a search and recovery diver for a number of years,” said David. “My girlfriend knew I was into search and rescue, and suggested I ask the ranger how he got his job.“
The answer turned out to be taking a civil service test. David promptly took the test, and six months later he had left his corporate position and was working as a water safety officer at Moraine State Park. He remained at the job for three years, then decided he wanted to see about advancing his career. The next step would be for David to train as a DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) Ranger – the law enforcement side of the job.
Being a DCNR Ranger would require 15 credits of study in environmental/natural sciences or park management. David already held a bachelor's degree from Baylor University but still needed the specialized credits to qualify for a position as a DCNR Ranger.
Enter Monroeville Public Library. “I really appreciated the Library,” David explained. “I didn't have a computer at the time, and computer access was instrumental in completing courses. I used the Library for a lot of other things, too – books, and reference books in particular.”
It wasn't just material resources that David found crucial. “When I knew I had to take the courses, I had to be time-effective. I had to get the courses done by the hiring season, or I'd have to wait another year!” He credits our Adult Reference department with helping him meet that deadline. “The librarian was instrumental in directing me to resources – to find out what classes to take, and where to take them. She got me on the right path.”
David earned his credits in time. This fall, he was selected for a new position as a DCNR Ranger. He'll complete the law enforcement training course and then become a full law enforcement officer at Linn Run State Park.
“In today's job market, it's important to have training and the background that employees are looking for,” said David. “You can accomplish that through the Library, free of charge. It's just a fantastic resource.”
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