Rachel Brand began working with Austin Cicero one year ago, although, Austin has been with his current employer since April of 2013. Austin completed three internships through Project SEARCH Williamsburg that allowed him to explore his interests and ultimately lead him to his current position. Austin is organized, friendly and an all-around team player which are perfect skills for his position as an equipment assistant for William and Mary Athletics. Austin works hard to remember all of the staff and players by name and always brings a cheerful smile with him to work.
When Austin became full-time he had to learn many additional duties which Rachel was able to assist him in learning. Austin quickly learned all of his new duties and excelled in them. Being such a positive influence he was invited to be a guest speaker at the Project SEARCH graduation in 2017. This was a huge achievement and honor for him! Austin is a testament to the program’s success as he has been happily employed for almost six years. His supervisors are very happy with him and all that he has accomplished. He has a great reputation with the student athletes and his co-workers.
When Austin began working for William and Mary Athletics he was a part-time employee but is now working full-time for his employer. Austin’s duties include washing the uniforms for all campus sports as well as towels and other lines. He is responsible for folding and delivering clean laundry as well as restocking the locker room fridges. Austin sets up the fields before games and assists with equipment deliveries before the games.
Rachel continues to support him with Follow Along services. This includes checking in with him and his supervisor when needed to make sure everything continues to go smoothly.
Austin has shown so much improvement since beginning in 2013 and has earned every second of his full-time promotion. He has proven himself to be reliable and hardworking. Austin takes pride in his position and frequently goes the extra mile.
Austin fits perfectly in with his employer because he is a lover of sports. He has gotten to meet several famous athletes and coaches while being employed at William and Mary. In his free time he loves to visit his family in New York City and has dreams of one day becoming a firefighter!