David Straka, CWDP - Career Adviser

David Straka is a national leader in Workforce Development. He has spent 20 years in 3 states from employment counseling to One Stop management. David is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a nationwide organization committed to the promotion of the Workforce Development Profession.

David enjoys working with a wide range of customers to give them the tools to ensure the final outcome of success. He has presented workshops from the local to the national level during his career.  Writing articles for the workforce system locally and nationally gives him a way to express a unique view of subjects that are important not only to customers in the system but to his peers as well.

His experience of workforce programs includes WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Adult workers, Dislocated workers, Welfare to Work, Employment Service Labor Exchange, Trade Adjustment Assistance and Labor Market Information.

David spent 8 years in the Air Force in Aircraft Maintenance Management and Acquisition Logistics Support reaching the rank of Captain. 

David has Commercial Instrument, Single and Multi Engine Land pilot ratings.  He was also on the NAWDP board of directors for 6 years. 

Bret Sutton - Career Adviser 

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Bret Sutton has been working in the Human and Social Service field for over 23 years, including field-based Social Work, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocacy, Community Resource Development, and now, Re-Employment Services.  He has worked at Ferndale Career Center since 2005 and enjoys helping customers reach their individual employment and career goals.  

Bret has a strong working knowledge of the entire Human Service Spectrum in Southeast Michigan and prides himself on putting individuals and families in touch with supports that help to enhance their independence.  The most enjoyable part of his job is working directly, face to face, with customers.