Halfway through her career at North High School, Melissa realized she was on the wrong path. She skipped class to hang out with her friends and was barely passing her classes. But when Melissa joined Mi Casa’s nine-month technology training program, she found the motivation she needed to get back on track.

Melissa took great pride in the community service projects organized by the Connectors to help bridge the digital divide in their communities. And despite the demands of the rigorous Digital Connectors program, during her senior year Melissa completed more than 50 college scholarship applications. Ultimately, her hard work paid off and she received two scholarships to fully cover tuition and fees for her first year at Metro State College.

The challenges Melissa faces as a first-generation college student are significant, but her perseverance is inspiring. She continues to work as a store manager at Pizza Hut, as she did in high school, to support herself and her family. “There are times I wonder if I have bitten off more than I can chew. But I know it will be worth it to stick it out.”