Jino Cazalas was a bright student-positive and wanted success out of life. Unfortunately, he began to hang out with the wrong crowd. His exhibited a disrespectful attitude towards his teachers and elders. His actions eventually led to incarceration after being accused of a home invasion.
Following his release on bond, Cazalas decided to take this opportunity to make a change in his life. He decided to get his GED. He enrolled in a local program and quickly realized he needed additional help to prepare himself to test for the GED. He was referred to Pathway to Employment Program. The small class sizes and enthusiastic attitude exhibited by the staff made him feel welcome. Their support, motivated Cazalas to achieve success in the classroom and the on the job. “I will never forget the excitement I felt when I received passing scores on the GED Ready test. I knew I was ready to take and pass the GED test.”
Furthermore, Cazalas encourages others to achieve in the classroom and in life. “Get your education because there is nothing you can do without it. You have to have some motivation whether it’s family, independence, or wanting to be a better you,” Cazalas said.
Cazalas has his GED and now works for a local construction company as a roofer. He is also learning plumbing and other trades. “I am most thankful to be productive and provide financial support to my mom and grandmom, said Cazalas. His future plan include enlisting in the Navy and becoming a real estate investor.