Meet Blake Huerena, Employed at Big Al’s
Have you been to Big Al’s, a family fun and entertainment center in Beaverton? If so, you may have been greeted with a friendly smile and warm welcome by Host Blake Huerena. As a hard-worker who learns quickly, Blake’s outgoing and friendly personality is a perfect fit for the customers and team at Big Al’s as they strive to provide a clean, fun and safe entertainment environment for families and kids.
Like many young adults, Blake enjoys video games, movies and sports, but especially video games. After graduating from Westview High School in 2016 with a modified diploma, Blake enrolled in The Beaverton School District’s Community Transition Program for students ages 18-21 to help develop greater independence and life skills, including employment in the community. With the support from his family, teachers, Vocational Rehabilitation and Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc., Blake explored his career options and determined his goal of working in the customer service field as a Host. Just like most young adults, he wanted a good job with a steady paycheck so that he could earn his own money and pursue greater independence.
“Since Blake was hired in February, he continues to learn new skills and gain confidence in his abilities” said Chris Perry, Dirkse CC Employment Specialist. “With guidance and support from his job coach and team at Big Al’s he demonstrates greater autonomy, the ability to focus on his tasks and may soon be working completely independent in his role.”
Guest Services Manager Tim Marshbanks said, “as much craziness can happen in this building, Blake is always a source of positivity and that rubs off on everybody”. Big Al’s recognizes the benefits that each unique individual brings to the team with Marshbanks sharing, “we are all part of the same team, moving in the same direction.”
If you would like to know more about how to encourage your team to become more inclusive and learn how to recruit, train, hire and retain a diverse workforce, contact Cindy Bahl, Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events at Dirkse CC. 503-258-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org