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Larsha Johnson

Larsha Johnson

Electrical Engineer
Hillsborough Community College, and University of South Florida

“I was 31, doing mediocre work. What inspired me to go back was my son, Noah. Now that I know better, I would definitely encourage someone to pursue either a certificate class or a two-year degree. You don’t necessarily have to start in a four-year program to get the same skills, knowledge and salary to work in a STEM career.”

Itala Duarte

Integrated Education & Training as a paraprofessional
Adult Learning Center Osceola

“I longed to use my skills but could work only physical jobs because of my English. At ALCO, I practiced English daily and intensely. One day, my career counselor told me about a job opportunity as a contract processor at a major hotel chain. I was nervous about the interview, but I was prepared. I was hired and now work in a professional setting with full benefits and growth opportunities.”

Rashon Carter

Diesel Mechanic
Adult and Community Education School; Lively Technical College

“Working in a warehouse was a job. I feel like a job is for somebody coming straight out of high school. A career is your life. I wanted to change my life. I wanted my two children to see better for me. With my diploma and my training, I see my future, and I see everything coming toward me. This is really it now.”

Cory Moore

Firefighter
Northwest Florida State College

“I want to be a firefighter for the same reason why I joined the military: I had a calling to serve, and I wanted to be hands-on and active physically. Now, you can go to school for a lot shorter duration, get really trained up in high-quality skills, then use that in a really awesome career and help a lot of people in your community.”

Chase Roberts

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Polk State College

“When I became a quadriplegic after a car accident, my biggest sources of hope were my therapists. When they got me up and walking for the first time, I bawled my eyes out. Thanks to the occupational therapy program at Polk, I am now using my experience to help and teach others. My advice is, take advantage of every opportunity that you have to grow.”

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Edgar Caquimbo

Automotive Service Technology
Wakulla High School

“I’ve gotten three certifications – the safety certification, the steering suspension and electrical. Doing this in high school is a benefit because I don’t have to pay for classes until I get to technical school. I enjoy the hands-on work. And my instructor is always encouraging and makes the class enjoyable. Everything that he does, I just pick up so quickly.”

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Lamar K.

Network Systems Technology
Tallahassee Community College

“The opportunity to stack my certifications catapulted my career and helped me build the confidence needed to excel in an industry like information technology.”

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Tammy C.

Surgical Tech
RIVEROAK Technical College

“This program has given me opportunities that I never would have dreamed of. When I came into this program, I thought in a year’s time, I’d be a surgical tech – but in the five years since, I have not only excelled in my career but have come back to the same school to be a co-instructor and clinical coordinator.”

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Ridge S.

Welding Technology
Lively Technical College

“I never really saw myself as a four-year university student, but I figured if I could learn something with my hands, that’s something I would always take with me – that knowledge.”

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Nobel T.

Electrician
Orange Technical College

“I’m honored to be helping others find their way and to be playing a role in the development of a skilled workforce… I’m proud to say Orange Technical College is changing lives through education.”

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