DOVER, N.H., September 2019—Work Opportunities Unlimited (WOU), a community-based employment service provider specializing in placing job seekers who experience barriers to employment, recently expanded its reach into New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and appointed Michelle Ladue as Director of Career Services to lead the new market.
Ladue joins WOU after an extensive career as a transition coordinator at a New Hampshire high school. In that role, she developed school-to-work programs for students to meet personal and career-related goals at area employers. In addition, she maintained partnerships with outside agencies, courts, transition programs, and businesses to support programs within the community for students.
Ladue’s duties at WOU will utilize and build upon the skills she obtained in her prior career. As Director of Career Services, she is responsible for managing a team to deliver quality services to individuals who have barriers to employment, educate and train staff to deliver these services with best practice in mind for quality and compliance, and create relationships with community partners as well as businesses to maintain growth.
“I moved to the Lakes Region to improve my own quality of life, and in turn get to lead a team whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who need assistance with employment,” commented Ladue. “This is truly a great opportunity, and I am excited to be leading WOU’s new and growing Laconia market.”
A graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor’s in human services, Ladue has earned a number of certifications including Transition to Employment for High School Students and Naturallly Supported Employment Consultation from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for Disability, as well as certification as an HiSET Administrator from the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Bureau of Adult Education.
WOU’s Senior Vice President David Dwyer said of the appointment, “We are thrilled to have Michelle join our WOU family. Her combined experience in management and employment services made her the perfect fit for our growth plans into the greater Lakes Region area. Her industry knowledge will assist the people we serve in gaining career-minded employment opportunities and improve their lives, as well as the community as a whole.”