Four months before joining the Cleveland Job Corps Center, Brittany Holmes found herself between a rock and a hard place. She dropped out of school, was unemployed, depressed, and her mother was on the verge of putting her out. She heard about the Job Corps program while attending a Job Fair.
In April of 2011, Brittany joined the Cleveland Job Corps Center. She received her High School Diploma from Penn Foster and her nurse aide certification through MedSurg. Brittany was active during her enrollment serving as a member of the Student Government Association, a Dorm Leader in G dorm, and volunteered for various activities on campus.
Her advice to students, “be patient with the process, give yourself credit, take time to breath and celebrate yourself as much as you can.”
Brittany graduated from the Cleveland Job Corps Center a year later in April of 2012. She enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in 2012, majoring in Communication and Journalism. Brittany graduated from Tri-C in the Spring of 2015 with high honors and earned several scholarships that allowed her a full ride to Fisk University.
Brittany graduates from Fisk University in May with a major in Psychology and double minors in Spanish and History. After graduation, twenty-seven-year-old Brittany will begin working on her master’s degree in Spain. When she finishes, she plans to “make her mark” in the community working with at-risk youth, a mentoring program based on tutoring, self-care, and self-love, as well as giving back to Job Corps since that is where she got a fresh start, all while pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology.
Ms. Holmes and Ms. Tucker were an integral part of Brittany’s success during her enrollment at Cleveland Job Corps. Likewise, her Career Transition Readiness Specialist, Ms. Gordon mentored her when she completed Job Corps. All three women had a hand in grooming Brittany to the success story we have today. I am sure we will hear and see more of the future Dr. Holmes in the future. “I see it, I want it, I work hard, I don’t stop grinding until… I OWN IT,” exclaims Brittany!