Wednesday, June 19, 2013
After Renee April receives her diploma for a human services AAT degree from Clover Park Technical College on June 19, she hopes to work with at-risk youth.
April said she wants to “show them there are people who really do care.”
April plans to pursue a career working for the state as a chemical dependency specialist after earning a bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College.
April earned her GED after she dropped out of high school. She then worked warehouse jobs until deciding to go back to school and pursue higher education.
The human services program stood out to April because of her background and memories of her childhood in Chicago. As the youngest of 10 children, the time April spent with others involved in gang violence and drugs went unnoticed by her mother.
April entered rehab when she was young and met a counselor who inspired her to think about a career working with at-risk youth.
“She really made a difference,” April said.
April began taking classes at CPTC about a year and a half ago, taking basic-education classes her first quarter of college.
“I felt a connection with the instructors,” April said. “They cared about my education.”
April decided to stay at CPTC and work toward a degree in human services and a Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate.