October 21, 2004

Scotland County Woman Honored as Alumni of the Year

Each year, the Northeast Missouri Workforce Investment Board recognizes one individual from each of its four Career Centers who has overcome significant barriers to better themselves and their families and reach self-sufficiency.

Earlier this year the Northeast Missouri Workforce Investment Board recognized Marcy Gordy as the Alumni of the Year from the Kirksville Career Center. The Kirksville Career Center serves residents of Scotland, Schuyler, Knox and Adair Counties.

Marcy and her husband Kevin along with their two children, Jenny and Cody, reside in Rutledge. Marcy is the assistant office manager for the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency Scotland County office.

Marcy and her family have gone through some pretty rough times since settling in Scotland County. Kevin had worked as an auctioneer in the past and Marcy had served as auction clerk. Their auction business in Alexandria burned and the family moved to Rutledge since Kevin’s brother offered them housing.

Neither Marcy nor her husband were able to find employment and were forced to apply for public assistance to help their family survive.

Marcy and Kevin enrolled in the Career Assistance Program operated by Gamm, Inc. Gamm, Inc. is a not-for-profit program agency operating Workforce Investment Act and Career Assistance Programs as a subcontractor for the Northeast Missouri Workforce Investment Board.

Marcy and Kevin both volunteered with the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency. Marcy herself volunteered over 300 hours. She helped with the food program and began learning all the paperwork involved in providing services. Marcy learned of a part-time position which would be opening at the Scotland County Office.

She was encouraged by Gamm staff and Beverly Talbert, NECAA office manager, to apply for the position. Marcy did very well in the interview. There were however some concerns regarding her lack of work experience and computer skills. Through the Career Assistance Program, Gamm arranged a subsidized employment experience with NECAA and provided computer training through the TCRC in Kirksville. Marcy successfully completed the experience and was employed full time at NECAA in May 2004.

Marcy and Kevin have also opened their own auction service. Kevin obtained his auctioneer’s license through the Career Assistance Program. Marcy serves as clerk and their daughter Jenny acts as cashier. It is truly a family enterprise. Auctions are held at the Roadhouse Auction House in Gorin. Kevin also conducts many benefit auctions for cancer patients and those in need. Generally these auctions are held in Quincy, IL.

Marcy and her family have accomplished much in the past six months. They are no longer dependent on public assistance to support their family. The family now has two vehicles – one for the auction service and “Marcy’s Baby” – a 1996 Chrysler Concorde LXI which is completely legal and of which Marcy is very proud. The family also recently acquired property in Rutledge and are for the first time land owners and making plans for a future home on the site.

Marcy and Kevin are both active in the community and in their children’s school. Their daughter Jennifer is a member of Campus Bowl and has been in the newspaper many times recognizing her academic achievements.

Marcy is a volunteer for the Kids Can program and promotes services received through Gamm and the Missouri Career Center.

Anyone wishing further information on services available through Gamm, Inc. may contact Elaine at 800-499-0712.

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