A native of Longview, WA, Michael had to drop out of high school at 16. While he is quick to relay what a wonderful mother he has, he was forced to support himself because his family broke up due to his abusive father. While struggling to make ends meet, a girl he was dating told Michael about Job Corps. Now 20, he has attended TPJCC for 14 months. Michael has completed his GED and is working towards a high school diploma at TPJCC’s high school. Having worked at Suzanne Elise Assisted Living for work based learning he is close to completing his training in Facilities Maintenance where he has been the shop foreman. Michael is applying to take advanced training through the UAW at Clearfield Job Corps Center in Utah to become a biodiesel mechanic. Michael has been treasurer, vice president and president of his dorm council. In addition, Michael is an artist and self taught musician-music writer; he dreams of being on stage one day.
TPJCC staff commend Michael: “…became shop foreman by displaying an outstanding work ethic and earning the respect of his peers…goes out of his way to help others…counteracts difficult challenges with positive performance…sets specific goals; works diligently to achieve them…focused and dedicated to doing quality work while he learns…positive attitude allows him to rise above difficulties…enthusiastic leader…willing to go the extra mile to make things happen.