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Success Stories

Meet some of the many successful IU13 Community Education alumni!

KennyMeet Kenny – “This place is definitely where you can get a second chance.”

YomarisMeet Yomarys “Summer youth internship opens minds and doors to career options”

  • When Yomarys Brens signed up to participate in an IU13 summer internship, she had no idea that it would lead her to a career in the field of elder care.  Read more about Yomarys here.


Meet Carmen“She taught me that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.” 

BensonMeet Benson – “I was down here. Now I am at the top!” 

SamboMeet Sambo – “… it’s never too late.” 

  • Born in a Thailand refugee camp, Sambo Bun relocated to the US in 1985 with her mother, brother, and grandmother. Today, Sambo is a single mom, caregiver for her brother, part-time waitress, and full-time HACC student who has traveled a difficult road. Read more about Sambo’s story and successes here.​

Community School studentsMeet Binit “Improving English language skills and making friends”

  • Since arriving as a refugee in 2014, Binit has participated in English conversation classes, after-school activities, and a summer educational program. Read more about Binit here.

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Meet Jose  – “It was worth the effort, worth the push.”

  • Since he passed the GED exams, Jose Santiago has found a higher-paying job, started college coursework, and acquired an unshakeable sense of accomplishment. Read more about Jose here.


Meet Heather – “I was so scared because I had started and stopped so many times.”

  • Over 20 years had passed since Heather Corch dropped out of high school when she decided to earn her GED. “It had been a thorn in my side for a lot of years. I wanted the GED for my own personal satisfaction.” Read more about Heather’s story and successes here. ​

Hong Lam familyMeet Hong Lam – “You set a goal and step by step, you keep going.”

  • Hong Lam would like to send a message to current students in IU13’s Community Education Program. “Question Yourself. Do you live up to your capabilities? Did you give yourself a chance? Did you try your best? Who do you want to become?” Read more about Hong Lam’s story and successes here.​

JuanMeet Juan – “Facing a drop-dead deadline, GED student beats the odds.”

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