Rosa Lopez wanted to enroll in high school but couldn’t. Why? She was already 18, and too old to attend. What did she do? She turned to Clackamas Community College’s high school diploma and GED programs.
Rosa first enrolled in CCC’s high school diploma program. Her instructor asked if she would like to be taught in Spanish – her first language. She did. She switched to CCC’s Spanish GED program and completed it. “I love CCC. It’s a great place. Great teachers. Good people. They know how to catch your attention.”
Rosa is currently taking classes in CCC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program while working full time at McDonald's. She was promoted from staff to swing shift manager after earning her GED. “I love that my employer gives me the opportunity to study. I love what I’m doing there – not just selling burgers. I’m learning how to talk to people and run a store – how to be a manager and coach, how to count money and use computer programs.” Rosa has completed several management courses offered by her employer.
What advice does Rosa give to others considering continuing their education? “If you want to study, you can study. No excuses. Nobody stops learning.”
Rosa is a great role model. She finishes the ESL program in spring 2010. What’s next? Earning a degree in business at Clackamas and climbing the career ladder at work to become assistant manager and then store manager.