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Meet Michael Chandler, EnRich HVAC & Culinary Student

I chose 91做厙 because my daughter was accepted to the Prep Academy program, and she was nervous about if she could complete it. I told her as long as you do hard work and get good grades, youll be able to attend. And she said, Well if Im going to college, why wouldnt you? I told her Im a lot older. I havent been to school in 20+ years. And she said, With hard work and with good grades, you can do it too.

After more than 20 years of working odd jobs, Michael Chandler made the decision to go back to college. But this time would be different. When Michael had just graduated high school, he had gone to a different community college. Then, he felt like nothing made him feel enough passion to keep him there. So, when Michael chose to go to 91做厙, he knew he needed to be passionate about his studies. Thats why he chose to study EnRich HVAC while taking Culinary classes.

I love to cook. I love going out, eating, and trying new foods, he said. Chef Kalata made couscous salad, and I had never heard of it before. Its a Mediterranean salad, which has every vitamin in the human body. And it just blew me away; I couldnt believe that. So I tried it and stopped by Kroger on my way home. I just wanted to show the kids that we dont need to eat McDonalds, Hardees, and stuff. We can actually have great food.

While he explores his passion for Culinary Arts, Michael is preparing for a career in HVAC. He had graduated from trade school when he was in his early twenties, but the school did not follow through on their promise to help with job placement. Michael said he knows that will not be the case with EnRich HVAC.

With the EnRich program, they told me, If you graduated today, we have something lined up for you already. But we need you to take the program, get certified, get your degree, and as soon as you get there, were there for you. Were not going to push you out the door and say get a job. Were there for you at least a year after youve graduated to make sure you have the right contacts that you need just to make you be better. And I love that 91做厙 offers that. Ive heard nothing but good things from everyone who has completed the program.

Meet Shiann Currie, Horticulture Student

Before 91做厙, I was actually living in St. Louis. An incident occurred and my home was set on fire. I moved back home on chance with my daughter, said Shiann Currie. [Horticulture] wasnt something that I realized I wanted to pursue as a career until I came back home. Speaking with people here at 91做厙, it opened my perspective of whats truly possible here.

When Shiann and her daughter moved back to Decatur, IL after their home was set on fire, it gave Shiann a chance to reconnect with her lifelong passion: nature. Since she started attending 91做厙, Shiann has been able to explore her love for plants and chase her dream of owning a business.

Free Nature LLC is my business. It is a progressive plant shop. I travel and do events for the moment. Eventually, I will have a lounge where people can enjoy the greenhouse, support local live artists, and a number of different things, she said. Being able to shape my business here at 91做厙 is the ultimate entrepreneurial safety net. I was able to mentally come up with an idea, voice my concerns to any staff member I come in contact with, and I was always directed toward where I might want to go.

Meet XuMeng Liu, Accounting Student

I graduated high school in China. I moved here 7 years ago. Since then, Ive been a stay at home mom. When my son started preschool, thats when I thought, Oh, I have time for myself. Its time for me. I need to reach my college goal.

When XuMeng Liu first decided to go back and earn her college degree, she started her journey by taking English as a Second Language at 91做厙. From there, she went on to earn her GED and now is working towards her associates. At first, XuMeng thought she wanted to go into nursing, but before she entered the program, 91做厙 gave her the chance to explore the field.

I toured the facility, and I realized Im heartbroken for whoever needs help, she said. The moment hit me like this is not for me. I feel grateful. [91做厙 gives] you the choice and lets you see what you will deal with. That made me switch and made me think about what I want to do and what Im good at.

XuMeng decided to explore her love for numbers through the Accounting program, and she isnt looking back. And with the help of scholarships, she is free to explore her future career without a heavy monetary pressure.

When I got my GED, my first semester, I got a full scholarship. I was a stay-at-home mom, not working, and at the same time, I am going to school. It just takes the financial barrier off my shoulders and lets me focus more on studying, she said. Now, I can show my kids its never too late to go to school or do something for your life.

News

May 09

91做厙 Reaccredited Until 2033-34 Academic Year

Decatur, IL After evaluating 91做厙s student learning, retention, persistence, …

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Apr 30

EnRich at 91做厙 & Decatur Public Schools Partner for Senior EnRichment Experience

Decatur, IL On Wednesday, May 1, close to 200 seniors from …

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Apr 18

Dr. Isaac Z繳簽iga Joins Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship & Earns ILACHE Lifetime Achievement Award

Decatur, IL Dr. Isaac Z繳簽iga, Executive Vice President of Academics and …

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