On September 3rd, I attended our Trade and Apprenticeship Career Class graduation celebration and once again, was blown away on so many levels. Seeing how the classmates connected with one another after a rather intense seven weeks translated into well wishes and gentle ribbing. It brought a few smiles to many faces to witness these exchanges. Listening to two of the graduates tell their stories about how their lives have changed in such positive ways during those rather intense seven weeks brought tears to my eyes. Witnessing their genuine love and appreciation for the Pathways to Success staff with words of gratitude warmed my heart another ten degrees.
This happens at each celebration. Four times a year, women enter our pre-apprenticeship program with dedication and intention to change the course of their lives. They leave ready to start a career as an electrician, a carpenter, a laborer or in another trade.
During last week’s celebration, the group gave a card to the program staff and in it were words of thanks and well wishes for all the staff. It also included a donation that the women pooled together to give back to OTI.
Well wishes and much success to Gabiela, Hannah, Darla, Jessica, Crystal, Sabryna, Monalisa, Ashley, Gecel, Tricia, Lynn, Amanda, Ash, Desiree, Terrica, Jamie, Letty, Alex, Cinsera, and Madyson!!!!
Dennise M. Kowalczyk, Development Director