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Itza Barajas, English GED Student,  Fast Track to Certified Medical Assissant (2015-2016)

     Itza Barajas was first enrolled in the Youth Enrichment Services Program on March 26th, 2013. As a high school dropout and little to no knowledge of which career path to pursue she had a motivation to start somewhere.


     Itza immediately began taking GED practice exams and studying at home while working to pay her rent and bills. Itza participated in the June 2014 Hayward Adult School graduation ceremony as a GED recipient.





     Her next goal was to search for medical career training in the East Bay. After some career exploration and researching, Itza found the Certified Medical Assistant as a good fit; classes were offered at Castro Valley Adult School.  In April 2015, the YES program was able to assist with tuition and Itza successfully completed the Certified Medical Assistant by September 2016.


Within a month of graduation, Itza was able to find employment with the Tri City Health Center in Fremont, CA as a full time Medical Assistant. 



Anthony Maldanado, English GED Student,  Fast Track to an Internship Program (2015-2016)




     Anthony enrolled in Youth Enrichment Services in November of 2015 as a high school dropout and a very timid and shy individual. It was a challenge to figure out what career path he would pursue though he understood that obtaining his GED was top priority. Anthony decided to take on the GED exam immediately, coming in twice a week and taking practice tests, soon figuring out that he possessed the knowledge to successfully pass at least two of the four GED tests. While pursuing his GED, Anthony also participated in YES workshops which consisted of resume/job interview training and leadership training which greatly enhanced his soft skills and helped Anthony become more social and outspoken.

     By March 2016, Anthony was receiving tutoring on his final two GED tests through the YES program and successfully passed all four exams by April 18, 2016. As a result of this accomplishment, it has brought Anthony a new mindset and motivation to be successful. Anthony is now in the process of enrolling into a technology focused youth program called YearUp based in San Francisco; his goal is to become a computer engineer.



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Hector Lopez-Orozco, Spanish GED Student, Fast Track to College (2015-2016)



     My name is Héctor López Orozco, and I am eighteen years old. I just earned my GED diploma. I came to the USA from Guatemala a year ago. I wanted to take advantage of the educational offerings in the United States. Although I received basic education in Guatemala, I did not have many opportunities to further my educational and professional goals.  My objective now is to keep learning English and to enter Chabot College. In the future I would like to become a pediatrician to serve my community.


     When I found out about the GED in Spanish classes at the Hayward Center, I came immediately to learn more about the program. After talking to the teacher, I knew this was the right thing for me to do, so I enrolled in class that day.  I appreciate the help, guidance, and advice my teacher, Mr. Fredy Del Aguila, and his staff provided me with. All that help was essential for me in passing the GED tests. In addition, the Hayward Center is currently assisting me through its counselors to achieve my long-term goal to become a doctor in the United States.


Student Success Story - Vocational ESL, Fast Track Employment

Maya Fujita.JPGMayu Fujita,  a student in ESL and  Vocational ESL, Fast Track to Employment (2013-2014)

 My name is Mayu Fujita. I came from Japan to the United States in September 2013. The reason why I came here is marriage. This is my first time to live in a foreign country.  Since I came in this country, I have joined the ESL class in Hayward. (At the Hayward Adult School)  I got to know about VESL (Vocational English as Second Language) after couple months. This class is the course to support the people who want to get a job.


My future dream is to be a florist. I've learned how to arrange the flower (especially Ikebana-Japanese traditional flower arrangement) in my country for 5 years. However when I thought about working in this industry in America, I had no knowledge and any information. In the VESL Fast Track to Employment class, we can learn about our job by getting some information from teacher showing all the data on the Internet and also her own prospection and advise. You will see how much the job is needed in the United States nowadays and how much money they get you paid, and also listen to the real voices of the people actually working in the industry on the Internet. 6a00d834515c6d69e200e54f3562f18833-640wi.jpg

                    To look for a florist job, I also went to every store and asked if they were hiring. However, I couldn't find the right one for me. If I go to big city I could find a job, but this was not practical because I was still new and even didn't have driving license. 


At the same time, I decided to find something different kind of job to make our living. At the time, I found the Japanese restaurant's job offer on the Internet.  By the time I took the interview, Julie taught me how to make resume and get an interview with proper behavior and words. She gave me an encouragement and lot of push. For the interview, I made a list of the question that might be asked and get my answer for each question. We practiced the conversation in class as well. 


The day of the interview came, I applied for kitchen staff. (The reason why was I wouldn’t have to talk to customers. I was afraid of talking to people in English....) The interview went well. However they asked me to work as server not a kitchen because they were actually looking for server as well. It took some courage for me to accept the offer, but I said yes after all.  After I started to work, i met a lot of friendly and nice co-workers. They taught me how to take an order and deal with customers, answer the phone, how to use the register and so on. Even it took time for me to learn those thing, they had patience and were willing to teach me new things. 


During those days I met a nice Japanese florist in this area who does her own business though my Japanese friend. I asked the florist to accept me to be a trainee. She accepted me and whenever she took an order of wedding, banqueting or even funeral, I went to her place to help and learn something new. I file those notes and pictures every single time. My teacher always says the more you get an experience the more you will get a better skill.  I'm still on the way thinking about my future as a florist and learning skills. But I will always keep learning and continue to ask for myself if me and my family are happy with what I'm doing.


Thanks to all the people who support me, I was able to take these small beginning steps in the big process. Especially Julie's class meant so much to me. Her class was very practical and she pushed me with a big encouragement. In the future, I will be great florist and want to make people impressed by seeing my work and make their special day very happy!! 


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