Jackie began as a student in JEVS Project WOW program where she learned property maintenance and gained professional development skills. After graduating from WOW, Jackie continued on with JEVS and enrolled in the JEVS IT Pre-Apprenticeship program to advance her technical skills.
Now, an intern at JEVS Orleans Technical College, we talked with her about her goals and why she chose JEVS to be a part of her journey.
Why did you choose to enroll in JEVS Project WOW?
My two-year-old daughter was my inspiration. I decided to become a single mom, so I wanted to get back into school. My mom found Project WOW, so I signed up, met Sylvia and Barbara [JEVS staff], and got started.
What made you come back to enroll in JEVS IT Pre-Apprenticeship?
I came back because I have big dreams to own real estate and construction sites so I wanted to learn all I could to help me be the best business owner.
What internship opportunities do you have now?
I am interning with Career Services at Orleans Technical College and managing property maintenance with Chad, JEVS Senior Facilities Manager.
What are the most important things you’ve learned by completing these two programs?
I realized that I don’t have to have everything. It’s not a race, it’s not about your past, it’s about going forward. You put the work in and get what you worked for out of it. The staff is amazing and made such a large impact on me.