STUDENT PROFILE: Elizabeth -Taller San Jose Hope Builders

Elizabeth personifies the personal and professional transformations OC Pathway’s support made possible this past year.

Elizabeth applied to Taller San Jose Hope Builders looking for a chance to change her life. Growing up in Santa Ana, her parents worked minimum-wage jobs and struggled to support their family. A few weeks into her senior year she dropped out of High School to work full-time and help make ends meet.

At 25 years old, Elizabeth was working two jobs and recalls “I wanted to continue my education but didn’t know how or where to start. Fortunately, I found Hope Builders, which has provided me with the training and support to get my dream job.”

Elizabeth enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assisting Training Program and thrived in the structured and professional environment. With the help of her Hope Builders case manager, Elizabeth continues to achieve the goals she set forth at the start of her training. This past year, she earned her High School diploma and studied to become a certified phlebotomist.

Today, Elizabeth is working as a medical assistant at Share Our Selves, earning $16/hour with full benefits and plans to continue her education in the medical field. “Thanks to Hope Builders I am a better person. I can better support my family and will be able to help others.”