STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
Hooper Bay, about 535 miles due west of Anchorage, is famous for its beautiful native baskets. But we find Hooper Bay has some pretty incredible students as well. Arnold is one of them. He came to EXCEL for our camps and found them to be extremely useful to him. He started with EXCEL 11, continued with CTMJ, and his EXCEL finale was the MAPTS Capstone. He did well at camp, but he excelled with his internship. When Arnold's internship was over, he volunteered at Bean's Café, assisting with serving the clients there.
Following his time in the internship, Arnold found a few odd jobs and finally found his place at Kendall Auto Group as a tire technician. The employability skills Arnold learned at EXCEL serve him well.
EXCEL saw promise in Arnold and Kendall does as well. Arnold will be working his way up at Kendall. And we have no doubt he's on his way.
Tierra grew up in a small village on the Kuskokwim River, where challenges are a part of everyday life. But EXCEL gave Tierra more challenges, such as job interviews. She practiced them during EXCEL 12 and developed the confidence and tools to apply for college. She felt prepared to move from high school to adult life and from her home in rural Alaska to Anchorage.
EXCEL pushed Tierra to set goals for herself, and she felt a great sense of accomplishment as she met each of them. She sets them all the time now, both professionally and personally.
Tierra is currently an Outreach Assistant with The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC), working full-time and is a full-time student attending the University of Alaska Anchorage. She enjoys helping shareholders apply for scholarships and encouraging them to continue their education and chase their dreams.
Born and raised in Kalskag, when William came to Anchorage, he felt a loss of community - until he discovered Alaska EXCEL in the 8th grade. His confidence became stronger after each session.
He was able to meet new people with similar interests from other villages and he was inspired by EXCEL staff to start thinking about what he wanted to do in life. William says, "Attending EXCEL's Introduction to Aviation was the match that sparked my passion to take to the sky.
I understand now the sky's the limit. Alaska EXCEL continues to support my goals by helping with scholarship applications and I will soon say, 'I am William and I am a commercial pilot!' EXCEL changed my life."