Marcos started his 2015-2016 school year off with a bang by participating in the out-of-school programs at the Mi Casa Neighborhood Center on the North Campus. During his senior year, he has been taking classes at the Career Education Center Early College of Denver and North High School while participating in the Career Edge program at Mi Casa.
He first learned about career from his Mi Casa mentors and then stayed on for a second round of after school programming in the second half of his senior year. Marcos thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to partake in his second Mi Casa program, which was the SMARTS internship program.
In the SMARTS program, he interned at an automotive establishment and learned firsthand about working on cars the way he had always dreamed. As Marco says, “It helps you develop the goals that you want to reach.” After the SMARTS program ended, Marcos was offered a job at and help to go to college from the company where he had his internship. His job will start after he graduates high school, and he will be the first in his family to earn a high school diploma.
Marcos is also excited to become the first in his family to go to and graduate from college. His experience with Mi Casa inspired his younger sister because he transformed his goals into a reality. Marcos will earn his AA and then continue to study business in college, so that he can open his own auto shop one day in the not too distant future.