Impact Story

An Associate’s Degree but no job– that’s what I had before taking the Office Preparation class at the Catholic Charities Career & Education Center. I had graduated from college several years before, and the only work experience I had was as a field laborer. Who would’ve hired me? I lost both my motivation and my direction in life. If not for this class, I would have still been lost. That was before I took the Office Preparation class. I was receiving food services from Catholic Charities and there it was– a flyer posted on the classroom doors. I applied to the class and soon started attending.

I also began volunteering at Catholic Charities at around the same time. Through the class and volunteering, I have gained many, many work-applicable office skills and work experience. I’m glad that I took the Office Preparation class – like the snowball effect, I have gained momentum in my life. Because of the class, I am now attending Fresno City College to earn my Office Professional I and II certificates. I am also working for the Fresno Unified School District as a Classified Substitute. Because of this class, I now have a concrete, positive vision for my future.