A SUCCESS STORY
As part of our commitment to enhance career potential and access to high-growth jobs for high school dropouts, The Excel Center will provide adult high school students in Michiana with accelerated learning opportunities for post-secondary education, and individualized career planning.
Jessica believes going back to school gives people focus, it helps them stay out of trouble and do something good with their lives. No matter how old you are, you can always go back. “I want to do so much. I want to be so many things,” Jessica shared, when asked what she would like to do after completing her diploma. “I want my diploma, because I want to go to college…for my girls.”
Working with the Community Career Center, she updated her resume to reflect her newly acquired skills, and attended one of their job fairs open to the public. There were multiple employers present, but Elizabeth wasn’t nervous. “I talked to a few [employers], but Walmart peaked my interest,” Elizabeth remembers. Within two weeks of the job fair, Walmart offered her a sales associate position.
A new, exciting job isn’t the only accomplishment Elizabeth has to be proud of. She knows all about hard work, commitment, and persistence. For the last eight years, she has been working little by little towards her GED, and she finally gets to walk in the commencement ceremony this May to receive her diploma. Elizabeth is achieving every goal she set for herself. All she needed was a little support and guidance from her Goodwill family along the way.