Brian Garcia, 20 of Rancho Cucamonga, CA had great hopes for a successful college experience. After his freshman year, he realized the engineering major program was not the right fit for him. Although he was discouraged and felt fearful about the uncertainty that leaving college created, he returned home where he learned about the WIA Youth Work Experience program at The Career Institute.
Brian was matched with Terry Stedman, a mentor at The Career Institute who supported him through the extensive skills assessment and life skills projects he had to undertake. He described his experience as being supportive yet challenging as he explored different career choices including paid internships at Amphion Executive Safe & Security and Haven Auto Repair. Brian knew he found the right fit when his mentor pointed him to the automotive program at Chaffey College.
“I’ll never regret calling the Career Institute,” Brian said.
Outcomes & Benefits
Brian graduated from the Career Institute in March 2010 with a sense of accomplishment and pride. He is in his second year of the automotive program at Chaffey College majoring in engineering technology and automotive technology. Even more exciting, he is a candidate for the BMW Metro STEP scholarship that will pay for 12 students to train as level III BMW technicians.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to get my foot in the door,” he said.