Kayla S., 22, came to Tongue Point Job Corps Center from Lake Oswego, Oregon in December 2008 when she realized she was really did want to create a good future.
Kayla had been adopted at the age of 5 months old; but, at 16, she was taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services. Although she had been a good student and somewhat responsible, becoming fairly independent while still in high school did provide enough support to continue. She ended up leaving school and taking on a series of low paying jobs. Eventually she did get her GED and started getting tired of partying so much. When she saw a commercial for Job Corps, she decided to take a look.
That was just the beginning of the bright future she’s creating. Kayla has completed training as a Dental Assistant – attaining the highest score possible in the radiology exam, which is a difficult accomplishment. She began attending Clatsop Community College through Tongue Point’s Advanced Training and, with a 4.0 grade point average, she is going into her 3rd term. She is proud to have earned only A’s in college where she is now concentrating on sociology and psychology.
Kayla was recently named student of the month. Kudos from her nomination provide an insight into this determined young lady:
“Her intellectual capabilities, her sense of humor and her attention to detail are all excellent attributes. Her contagious, outrageous outlook on life is evident to everyone around!
This student is many things: funny, intelligent, bright, and caring. She has a wonderful vocabulary which makes her interesting and capable of really expressing who she is. She often uses the term “fabulous” to describe her day or experiences. The power behind her words really makes her stand out and shine. She exudes self esteem and self worth. She is hard working, yet very fun. She is highly motivated and easily takes charge of her own destiny. Whether she is stopping by to say hello, assisting with the open house in her dorm, volunteering to assist with a staff training simulation, or serving as a student leader, her positive attitude and her spectacular smile never falter. She remains grounded and has what it takes to be successful. She is on the right track to a fabulous future!”