In our last newsletter, we highlighted one of our successful young alumni. Below is her story.
Michelle Angel, who was in our first cohort of Operation Emancipation, is now in the U.S. Army as a Specialist maintaining the computer systems and accounts inside tanks. She came back to say hi to Franco and the team and let everyone know how it is going so far. She is currently stationed in Kansas but has been in Korea, Georgia, and South Carolina. We are proud of her and her service.
Michelle has overcome a lot in her life to become the successful woman she is today. She was in foster homes by the age of 2 until the age of 7. She moved to Mexico when her grandparents on her father's side took custody of her and her 6 siblings. After switching schools often and moving around a lot, she came back to the states when she was 15 to live with her mom. At the age of 18, she was on her own and found her way to RightWay's first OE cohort.
In a workshop facilitated by TJ Maxx executives, Michelle received a gift card for $100 to purchase interview clothes for a mock interview on the last day of the workshop. She showed up prepared and interviewed well, finding out the "mock interview" ended with a job on the spot. She worked at TJ Maxx for two years until she joined the Army in February of 2015.
Michelle is going to continue her certifications in the IT field through the Army, and work her way up while building her skills, until one day she can work for Northrup Gruman (who makes the systems used in U.S. Army tanks). She is a strong, joyful, inspirational young woman and we can't wait to see where she goes from here.