May 2017 Next Step Staff Spotlight: Brandi Shelton

May 2017 Next Step Staff Spotlight: Brandi Shelton

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Staff Spotlight! The College and Career team wanted to try something new for the New Year, so we will be alternating interviews between alumni and staff.  We’re asking staff to take a trip down memory lane and answer some questions about their experience from their secondary and postsecondary education.

Q: What is your name? 

A: Brandi Shelton

Q: Where are you from?

Summerville High School in Summerville, SC in 1994.

A: Born and raised in Charleston, SC

Q: Did you encounter any challenges while attending high school/GED program? If so, can you describe what they were and how you overcame them?

A: I wasn’t a very good student in high school.  I got mostly C’s and D’s.  I was never really taught how to study and I often had a difficult time retaining information.  Because I didn’t know how to study, I would try to remember everything I would learn.  That didn’t work very well.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a post-secondary education?

A: Attending college wasn’t a choice for my brother and I.  Education was taken very seriously in my home so it was just understood that after high school comes college.

Q: Were you the first one in your family continue their education?

A: I wasn’t.  My older brother completed his college education before I did.

Q: Where did you continue your post-secondary education?

A: I went to Virginia State University for undergrad and the University of Michigan for graduate school.

Q: What did you study?

A: Social Work with a concentration in children and adolescents.

Q: How did you pay for your post-secondary education?

Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia in 1998.

A: My parents paid for both my mine and my brother’s college tuition.  They’d saved for it over the years so we didn’t have student loans.  However, once I decided to go to graduate school, my father made it very clear that I’d have to pay for that on my own.  So… student loans ‘til the day I die, it seems!

Q: What was one of your biggest challenges while attending your post-secondary institution?

A: Having to teach myself how to study.  With the challenges I faced in high school, I was accepted into college on academic probation.  That meant that if I didn’t maintain a certain GPA, I would be kicked out of school.   So it wasn’t an option for me to be a below average student in college.  I had to figure out how to study on my own.  I would take notes during classes and when I’d get back to my dorm, I’d rewrite the notes again, sometimes twice.  That was the only way I could ensure that I was embedding the information into my memory.

Q: Who or what motivated you to continue and get through your post-secondary education?

A: The motivation came during my sophomore year when I decided on a major.  Once I started learning about human behavior, mental health, etc. I loved it so much!  I couldn’t learn enough about it.  So studying became enjoyable.  I literally wanted to know everything about the field and I eventually became a really strong student because I was interested in what I was learning

Q: Why did you decide to work in the education field? 

A: I chose the field of social work because I’ve always been interest in folks’ life trajectory:  how they get to be who and where they are; what makes people engage in particular behaviors, choose certain patterns in life, etc.  I had a particular interest in the mental and social development of young people.  My best friend in high school had a very difficult upbringing.  She was exposed to a lot and neglected by her mother.  My parents did a lot for her — making sure she had the basics.  They did this all 4 years of high school.  I noticed, very early, the differences in my upbringing and hers and how your environment and what is or isn’t modeled for you can have a direct impact on how you experience yourself and the world.  I wanted to help people figure that out.

Q: What is your current role at TNS?

A: Director of Student Support Services

Q: What advice would you give to students interested in continuing to post-secondary education?

A: For students interested in post-secondary education I would tell them spend some time thinking about those things they enjoy doing or learning about.  I think it’s there that they will figure out the type of career they want to have.  I always tell young people to take their time and not to be so hard on themselves.  I barely graduated high school, got accepted to college with conditions because my grades were so bad and didn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life until my second year of college.  But I got accepted into an advanced/accelerated master’s program because I became a strong student.  So I’d tell them to take their time figuring it out — the way things are right now is not the way they will always be.

 

 

 

 

April 2017 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Enry Ramos

April 2017 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Enry Ramos

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.

For this month, we interviewed Enry Ramos who graduated from Next Step in 2013 with his GED.

Q: Where were you born? How did you hear about The Next Step PCS?

A: My name is Enry, and I am from Honduras. I asked one of my friend if she new about any school where I could take English and GED classes, and she told me about Next Step PCS.

Q: What attracted you to The Next Step PCS and how was your experience?

A: I was attracted to The Next Step PCS on my first impression – staff were genuinely interested in me. They motivated me and they made me feel like my goals matter to them as well.

Q: In what language did you pass the GED? 

A: I took the Spanish GED

Q: Is English your primary language? If no, what is your primary language?

A: No, my primary language is Spanish.

Q: Did you take ESL courses? If so, where and for how long did you take ESL courses?

A: Yes, after I passed my GED I took some ESL classes for a few months.

Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?

A: It took me three months to pass my GED. Of course I did not only used the school resources; I used everything I could – Google, YouTube, apps etc.

Q: What was your motivation to pass the GED?

A: My motivation came from the goals I had set for myself. My other motivation came from my hunger for success and to continue my education.

Q: Did you ever feel frustrated during your time at The Next Step PCS?

A: Yes, as a student who had to work full-time, not just to pay my bills but also to help my family, I would feel tired at times.

Q: Who or what helped you pass the GED?

A: I would say my effort, the time I dedicated to studying (I studied during all my free time) and of course my teachers played a major part.

Q: Did you receive any scholarships?

A: I did; I receive the Mundo and the Ben Friedberg Scholarships

Q: What advice would you give to current students at The Next Step PCS who are trying to obtain the GED?

A: The most important thing I will say to current students is to have GOALS because without goals you are directionless. You will be left behind by those who have goals set. Secondly, always think about those goals because the more you think about your goals the closer you get to them. Finally, be disciplined and work hard for your goals. There will always be ups and downs; it is not going to be easy, but if you want it badly enough you will get it. Think positive because in the end whether you think you can, or you think can not, you are right.

Q: What are you doing today?

A: At the moment, I am studying Automotive Technology at Montgomery College.

Q: What is the best part of your job or schooling?

A: The best part of my schooling is that I am studying something that I am passionate about. I love automotive; it’s my thing. My father used to tell me, “to do something better you have to do it with passion, no matter what you do in life, do it with passion and love.”

Q: What are your future professional goals?

A: My future professional goals are to finish my degree in Automotive Technology, work in the field, and have my own business.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working or in school?

A: I do a lot of things. Sometimes I like to read, play sports or explore on the internet whatever I find interesting that will help my brain. I also like to be alone sometimes and meditate. I mainly enjoy just staring at the beautiful nature that God created for us.

 

March 2017 Next Step Staff Spotlight: Michael Cuellar

March 2017 Next Step Staff Spotlight: Michael Cuellar

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Staff Spotlight! The College and Career team wanted to try something new for the New Year, so we will be alternating interviews between alumni and staff.  We’re asking staff to take a trip down memory lane and answer some questions about their experience from their secondary and postsecondary education.

Q: What is your name? 

A: Michael Cuellar

Q: Where are you from?

A: El Paso, TX

Q: Did you encounter any challenges while attending high school/GED program? If so, can you describe what they were and how you overcame them?

A: When I was in High School I had a situation where I had to move in my grandmother even though she lived far away. I didn’t want to change schools, so I had to walk several miles each day.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a post-secondary education?

A: I wanted to have the freedom to follow the career that I wanted to, not one that I had to.

Q: Were you the first one in your family continue their education?

A: Yes, my father didn’t go to college and my mother didn’t finish high school.

Q: Where did you continue your post-secondary education?

A: I went to USC for undergrad and SMU for my Masters.

Q: What did you study?

A: At USC I double majored in philosophy and comparative literature. At SMU I studied bilingual education.

Q:How did you pay for your post-secondary education?

A: I used a combination of scholarships, grants and loans.

Q: What was one of your biggest challenges while attending your post-secondary institution?

A: My father died the summer between my junior and senior year in college. One of my biggest challenges was returning and graduating.

Q: Who or what motivated you to continue and get through your postsecondary education?

A: I always wanted a liberal education. I felt that that was the only way that I would be able to  make my own path.

Q: Why did you decide to work in the education field?

A: I have always wanted to help others. I feel like education is the gateway to freedom and democracy.

Q:What is your current role at TNSPCS?

A: I am an instructional coach.

Q:What advice would you give to students interested in continuing to post-secondary education?

A: Never give up and always take at least one class even if it’s at a community college. Even though life may get in the way at the moment, and it often does, the progress you make will add up.  Also, study what you are passionate about. This will sustain you through a lifetime of learning.

January 2017 Next Step Staff Spotlight: Melvin Freeman

January 2017 Next Step Staff Spotlight: Melvin Freeman

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Staff Spotlight! The College and Career team wanted to try something new for the New Year, so we will be alternating interviews between alumni and staff.  We’re asking staff to take a trip down memory lane and answer some questions about their experience from their secondary and postsecondary education.

Q: What is your name?

A: Melvin Freeman

Q: Where are you from?

A: San Diego, CA

Q: Did you encounter any challenges while attending high school/GED program? If so, can you describe what they were and how you overcame them?

A: In high school, I struggled balancing school, work, and extracurricular activities. To overcome this challenge, I made the decision to stop playing sports and spend my time on school and work.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a post-secondary education?

A: I wanted to find a career that my family and I would be proud of and I knew college would help get me there.

Q: Were you the first one in your family continue their education?

A: My older sister was the first person in my family to continue their education. I followed in her footsteps.

Q: Where did you continue your post-secondary education?

A: I attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Columbia University in New York City, NY for post-secondary.

Q: What did you study?

A: In college, I studied Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

Q:How did you pay for your post-secondary education?

A: I won a full scholarship based on how well I did in high school and financial need.

Q: What was one of your biggest challenges while attending your post-secondary institution?

A: One of my biggest challenges was being hundreds of miles away from my family.

Q: Who or what motivated you to continue and get through your postsecondary education?

A: My younger brother and sister motivated me to get through my postsecondary education. I’ve always wanted to set a good example for them.

Q: Why did you decide to work in the education field?

A: I decided to work in the education field because I wanted my job to make an impact on people.

Q:What is your current role at TNSPCS?

A: I am the Director of Information Systems and Technology

Q:What advice would you give to students interested in continuing to post-secondary education?

A: Aim high and don’t give up. Thomas Edison said the most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.

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December 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Emerson Hernandez

December 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Emerson Hernandez

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.

For this month, we interviewed Emerson Hernandez who graduated from Next Step in 2016 with his GED.

Q: Where were you born? How did you hear about The Next Step PCS?

A: I was born in El Salvador. I found out about The Next Step through family members.

Q: What attracted you to The Next Step PCS and how was your experience? emerson-hernandez

A: I was attracted by the opportunity to be able to start again and the flexible schedules. My experience was good because I received a lot of support from the school and the tutors.

Q: In what language did you pass the GED?

A: Spanish

Q: Is English your primary language? If not, what is your primary language?

A: No, my primary language is Spanish.

Q: Did you take any ESL courses? If so, where and for how long did you take ESL courses?

A: Yes, after I graduated I continued with ESL courses at The Next Step.

Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?

A: One school year.

Q:What was your motivation to pass the GED?

A: My motivation was having the opportunity to start all over and take advantage of all the opportunities that my country did not offer me.

Q: Did you ever feel frustrated during your time at The Next Step PCS?

A: Yes, occasionally there were moments in where I wanted to give up on everything and not continue. At times it felt like all hope was lost but in those moments I found support at the school through my teachers and classmates.

Q: Who or what helped you pass the GED?

A: I think that I owe it to the teachers, my family and friends who always supported me.

Q: Did you receive any scholarships?

A: Yes, two thanks to God.

Q: What advice would you give to current students at The Next Step PCS who are trying to obtain the GED?

A: During the occasions where you feel that you can not keep going, those are the moments when hold on to your values and fight. In the end, you may say it was hard but at least you’ll be able to say you made it to the end.

Q: What are you doing today?emerson-hernandez2

A: For now, working and studying at night.

Q: What is the best part of your job or schooling?

A: I think learning from both things and putting them into practice.

Q: What are your future professional goals?

A: For the moment to improve my English, then enter a university, and in a future start my own business.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working or in school?

A: Spend time with my family, listen to music and to walk.

 

November 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Ava Zechiel

November 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Ava Zechiel

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.

For this month, we interviewed Ava Zechiel who graduated from Next Step in 2016 with her GED.

Q: Where were you born? How did you hear about The Next Step PCS?

A: I was born in VA, and I grew up, my entire life, in DC. I heard about The Next Step PCS through my parents because they were trying to figure out a solution for my issues at the time.

 

Q: What attracted you to The Next Step PCS and how was your experience?

A: The idea that I would get to be with people of all ages and backgrounds, and I had always sort of been interested in taking the GED test because school was getting harder for me.

 

Q: In what language did you take the GED exam?

A: English

 

Q: Is English your native language?  If not, what is your native language?ava-zechiel

A: Yes, English is my native language.

 

Q: Did you take ESL classes? If so, where did you take classes and for how long?

A: No.

 

Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?

A: About 4-6 months

 

Q: What was your motivation for getting your GED?

A: After a personal traumatic experience, I just wanted my high school experiences behind me.

 

Q: Did you ever feel frustrated during your time at The Next Step PCS?

A: Yes, because some of the subjects were hard to learn for me.

 

Q: Who/What helped you pass the GED?

A: My family really supported me, as well as the friends and family I gained while attending The Next Step PCS.

 

Q: Are you a recipient of any scholarships at The Next Step PCS or any other scholarships?

A: I got the Mundo Scholarship in the amount of $500. All graduates get this scholarship.

 

Q: What advice would you give to current students that are attempting to pass the GED?

A: Just keep swimming. Some days are going to be harder than others, and that’s okay. Just keep pushing.

 

Q: What are you up to now?

A: I am attending the University of the District of Columbia Community College and blogging – I love to write.

 

Q: What’s the best part about your job and/or school?

A: I like being with people that want to continue their education. It’s inspiring.ava-zechiel2

 

Q: What are your future professional goals?

A: To be honest, my future professional goal is to graduate from college. This accomplishment will allow me to be happy doing what I’m doing. I want to do something I love.

 

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working or going to school?

A: Write/blogging.

 

October 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Maria Franco

October 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Maria Franco

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.

For this month, we interviewed Maria Franco who graduated from Next Step in 2002 with her GED.

 

Q: Where were you born? How did you hear about Next Step?

A: My name is Maria Magdalena Franco; I am 21 years old. I am from El Salvador, and I have been in the US for four years. When I arrived to the US, I studied at two different places. First, I attended the school called Las Reinas de las Americas where I studied one semester. After, I heard about Carlos Rosario PCS, and I went there for one trimester. Then, one of my classmates mentioned The Next Step Public Charter School. He said, ‘’It is a great school and they have different opportunities for young people.” This is how I found out about The Next Step PCS.

Q: What attracted you to Next Step and how was your experience? maria-franco

A: I had a great experience because this is where I learned the most of the English I know, but the most important thing I achieved was my GED – that was the main key that opened different doors that allowed me to continue studying.

Q: In what language did you take the GED exam?

A: I did it in Spanish.

Q: Is English your native language?  If not, what is your native language?

A: My native language is Spanish, and I am learning English as a second language.

Q: Did you take ESL classes? If so, where did you take classes and for how long?

A: I took ESL classes at The Next Step for about a year and a half after obtaining my GED.

Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?

A: It took me one year to get the GED.

Q: What was your motivation for getting your GED?

A: I don’t have one specific source of motivation. Since I was a child, I dreamt of a better future for myself and my family. Higher education will give the opportunity for a better job, which will help eliminate the possibility of me being homeless. I believe education is the source to a better life. Plus, education is one thing no one can take away from me.

Q: Did you ever feel frustrated during your time at Next Step?

A: I never felt frustrated. When I didn’t know something, I just asked for help.

Q: Who/What helped you pass the GED?

A: Who? The Next Step PCS director and the school staff gave me positive attitudes, and my teachers supported me with any assignment. Teachers also provided language exercises to practice at home.

What? Dedicating time to study and asking for help when I had doubts.

Q: Are you a recipient of any scholarships at Next Step or any other ones?

A: Yes, from The Next Step PCS, I got the Ben Friedberg Scholarship and the Mundo Scholarship.  I also got OSSE Mayor’s Undergraduate Scholar funds and FAFSA.

Q: What advice would you give to current students that are attempting to pass the GED?

A: My advice is to dedicate at least a few minutes every day to study for the GED and to never give up because that is only the beginning of their studying career.

Q: What are you up to now? maria-franco2

A: I am studying Business Administration at the University System Ana G. Mendez located in Wheaton, MD.

Q: What’s the best part about your job and/or school?

A: I enjoy being busy and working and school keeps me busy. Another thing I like is learning, and I learn something new everyday.

Q: What are your future professional goals?

A: First, finish my business administration degree. Second, continue studying to earn a master’s degree.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working or going to school?

A: I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do I like to visit new places such as: national parks, forests, historic parks and the library.

 

September 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Andrea Hernandez

September 2016 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Andrea Hernandez

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.

For this month, we interviewed Andrea Hernandez who graduated from Next Step in 2014 with her GED.

 

Q: Where were you born? How did you hear about Next Step?

A: I was born in Colombia and heard about Next Step from a staff member.

 

Q: What attracted you to Next Step and how was your experience?

A: What attracted me the most was the kindness and the way the school helps young people succeed. I went to Next Step in 2014 and enrolled in the ESL program in the evenings, and I really improved my English skills. In addition to that, I obtained the GED certificate and had a beautiful graduation celebration. The Next Step was a wonderful experience because besides learning, I made some great friends.

 

Q: In what language did you take the GED exam?

A: I took it in Spanish.

 

Q: Is English your native language?  If not, what is your native language?

A: My native language is Spanish. Go Latinos!

 

Q: Did you take ESL classes? If so, where did you take classes and for how long?

A: Yes, I took ESL classes at The Next Step for about 1 year.

 

Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?

A: To be honest, it took me 2 weeks. I decided to take the GED exam on my own while I was enrolled in the ESL program at The Next Step.

 

Q: What was your motivation for getting your GED?andrea-hernandez

A: The main motivation was that I wanted higher education to become a Graphic Designer, and it is a requirement to go to college.

 

Q: Did you ever feel frustrated during your time at Next Step?

A: Thanks to God, I didn’t. I always found help and assistance with my classes and life. I would like to highlight that each member of the staff was always there for me and that made feel very special.

 

Q: Who/What helped you pass the GED?

A: Definitely what helped me pass the GED was the confidence in myself – believing that it was possible to pass it and of course taking into account the knowledge learned.

 

Q: Are you a recipient of any scholarships at Next Step or any other ones?

A: I applied and was awarded the Ben Friedberg Scholarship. I also obtained the monetary award at the end of the year for perfect attendance. Furthermore, I applied and was awarded another scholarship called New Futures. I feel privileged for finding such great people along the way. I’m pursuing my dreams, this is a country full of opportunities, and I’ll take advantage of every opportunity take presents itself.

 

Q: What advice would you give to current students that are attempting to pass the GED?

A: My advice is to never give up and keep learning with dedication. This way he/she can take the test with confidence and trust the knowledge he/she learned. Trust that every day they are closer to achieve their goals.

 

Q: What are you up to now?

A: I am currently attending Montgomery College in Rockville. I’m on my third semester majoring in Graphic Design, and I know there is still a lot to do, but I’m working to be one step closer to my goals.

 

Q: What’s the best part about your job and/or school?

A: The best part of college is that I have many resources available such as library, computer lab, writing center, cafeteria and so much more. Additionally, the flexible schedule to pick my classes; it allows me to work and register for evening classes!

 

Q: What are your future professional goals?

A: My future goal is to obtain my bachelor’s degree and some experience to create my own publishing company in Colombia.

 

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working or going to school?

A: My favorite thing to do is hang out with friends – they are the good influence I need in my life.

 

May Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Casiano Flores

 May Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Casiano Flores

By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto

Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.IMG_1766 (1)

For this month, we interviewed Casiano Flores who graduated from Next Step in 2014 with his GED.

Q: Where were you born?

A: I was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico.

Q: How did you hear about Next Step?

A: I found out about The Next Step through word of mouth. Someone told me about this amazing school.

Q: What attracted you to Next Step and how was your experience?

A: I thought to myself, “somehow this school makes me feel like I am home.”

Q: What program did you attend? i.e. day or night school

A: I initially started in the day program and I had to withdraw a couple times for personal reasons and also to work full-time.  I returned some time later and enrolled in night school.

Q: In what language did you take the GED exam?

A: In Spanish.

Q: Is English your native language?  If not, what is your native language?

A: No, my native language is Spanish.

Q: Did you take ESL classes? If so, where did you take classes and for how long?

A: Yes, I took ESL classes for 8 months after passing the GED at Next Step. I continued ESL at Carlos Rosario and when I was fluent enough I was able to start the Culinary Arts Program.  

Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?

A: I was in and out of school, so overall it took me 3 years to get my GED diploma.  

Q: What was your motivation for getting your GED?

A: My motivation for me to get my GED was that I wanted be chef and attend Culinary Arts school.  Without a GED I would not be able to do that.  Also, all the encouragements, and support I received from my teachers and counselors motivated me to keep going.   

Q: Did you ever feel frustrated during your time at Next Step?  

A:  I felt a bit frustrated when I took exams and did not pass them. I had a lot of thing going on in my life at that time and I recall wanting to give up on school many times.

Q: Who/What helped you pass the GED?

A: Mr. Juan Carlos, Night school Principal and my teachers helped me.  They gave me advice constantly.  They told me to continue school.  They encouraged me to put forth more effort and push myself to study hard in order to pass the GED.

Q: Are you a recipient of any scholarships at Next Step or any other ones? 

A: Yes, I received The Next Step scholarship for $500. 

Q: What advice would you give to current students that are attempting to pass the GED?

A: Well, my advice for students is that no matter how hard life currently is please don’t leave your dreams.  It may be difficult but not impossible.  Have patience, dedication, effort and study hard.  This is all you need in order to have success in life.  If I did it, you can do it!

Q: What are you up to now?

A: I graduated from The Culinary Arts Academy at Carlos Rosario.  Currently,  I am working as a chef in a restaurant in downtown DC. I will continue working as a chef for 2 years to gain more experience. After 2 years I want to go to college and major in Hospitality and Tourism with a concentration on Food and Beverage Management.

Q: What’s the best part about your job and/or school?

A: The best part of my job is when people come in to eat and drink the food I make because when they leave satisfied with the flavor of our delicious food. It makes me happy and I love what I do.

Q: What are your future professional goals?

A:   I want to own a restaurant one day.  

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working or going to school?

A: When I’m not working I enjoy riding my bike, watch movies, run, go out to dinner, and spend time with family and friends.

Q: Any last words?

A: I want to thank Ms. Barrios, Mr. Torres, Mr. Carrias, Mr. Mundo, Mr. Carlos Barragan, Ms. Moya, Mr. CJ, Ms. Vita, Ms. Lita, Ms. Karen, Mr. Giulianni, Mr. Sabalu, Ms. Katia, Ms. Shira, Ms. Charlin, and of course Principal, Mr. Juan Carlos. THANK YOU SO MUCH NEXT STEP!

 

 

OSSE’s Official Announcement of GED Score Change

OSSE’s Official Announcement of Passing GED Score Change

On April 8, 2016, OSSE accepted GED Testing Service’s recommendation to change the passing score on the GED to 145. See below for OSSE’s official announcement:

OSSE Statement