Cecora Madriz is new to the ETS program this year. She is a student with many challenges, yet many talents! She did not have the confidence in herself to discover her talents and how to put them to use. She was not sure what she wanted to do in her life and what educational path to take. Cecora’s ETS Advisor had her take the SDS test. Together they scored it and went over the results. She scored very high in Artistic and Social areas, which was not a surprise to her. However the other area that she scored high in was Enterprising. Together they discussed what careers were well suited to a person with these three talent areas. This triggered for Cecora lots of memories where in the past she had been very enterprising and had started several businesses of her own, like making custom hair clips, drawing caricatures of people and selling them, and many more.
Just allowing her a chance to talk and express what she loved to do, she came up with the answer all on her own. She wants to get a business degree and someday own her own boutique, selling unique clothing and accessories. Her ETS Advisor downloaded the classes offered at Uintah HS and found they have a Fashion Merchandising class, an Entrepreneurship class, and an Internship class. Her advisor was able to help her get into these classes for the next trimester. This young woman was very close to dropping out of high school because she felt all her classes were useless. Now she feels her classes are relevant and are bringing her closer to her goals. Her grades and her attitude have improved dramatically.
She is Interning at a high end Boutique in the Basin Area. The owner has taken a real interest in her and explains to her all the ins and outs of owning her own fashion business and the importance of getting a degree. The ETS program has made a real difference in the life of Cecora Madriz.
While attending Provo High School, Sam Ramos was an example of success. He did exceptionally well in his classes and continued to take challenging courses into his senior year. In addition to participating in ETS during high school, Sam often came after school to get help from tutors with his homework. This last fall, Sam enrolled at Utah Valley University. He recently found a job through the Provo School District as a tutor for the after school program. Not only does Sam currently attend UVU with a full academic schedule, he also works with students at Provo High who need help with their classes. Sam does a great job helping students who, like him in the past, come after school to get help with their homework so that they can continue to succeed in school and go to college.