Maurilio arrived from Mexico as an immigrant in 2009 without any English skills. He decided he wanted to earn his GED.
“It was really important for me have the ability to learn the language by taking the next step of my life, which was earning my diploma."
Maurilio faced some obstacles along his journey toward his GED. He was balancing life and school which he found tough.
“The hardest thing was was taking classes Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. even though my house was about 40 minutes away from school. Then I had to work everyday after school from 3:00 PM until 11:00 PM. It was really hard because I was doing this on my own.”
However, there were some positives about the program, especially learning at an adult education center.
“One of the things I loved most about this program is that I was making friends while I was in school because we were all working as a group encouraging each other.”
Maurilio is currently saving money to attend college so he can earn a degree in computer programming or cyber security.
“The thing is even though I was on my own, I did it. I’m proud of that because I know so many people, who even with someone else helping, they still might not be able to get their certification.”