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Martha Vera-Acevedo
WorkSource Columbia Basin, 7/25/23

Greg Soma 
TC Futures, 4/25/23

Olga Preciado
TC Futures, 2/22/23

Olga is a 24-year-old high school graduate, single mother, who was in need of training and employment. Olga wanted to participate in training in either the nursing or dental field, in order to obtain secure employment and be able to provide for herself and her daughter. While in program, Olga was able to explore her educational and career options and decided that the dental assistant industry was the right fit for her. She participated in the fall semester dental assistant training at Tri Cities Dental Assisting School, graduating in November of 2022. Olga was top of her class and was referred by her teachers to various dental assisting jobs in the surrounding areas. Out of School Youth staff nominated Olga for the Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Scholarship, which is a unique education award for women who are the primary financial support for their families. Live Your Dreams Awards gives young women the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Live Your Dream recipients can use the cash award of $2500.00 to help offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain hire education, such as books, childcare, tuition, and transportation. Olga was the 2022 recipient of this award, thanks to TC Futures ongoing partnership with Soroptimist 3 Rivers. Olga worked hard to overcome her barriers and is well deserved recipient of this award! Olga continued her dedication to gain self-sustainability and procured full time employment as a dental assistant in Othello, WA. Olga overcame barriers, achieved her educational training and is now in her desired career and able to support herself and her young daughter. Olga has expressed gratitude to TC Futures and is excited about her future.

Olga Preciado at a desk success story photo

Carol Perkins - WorkSource Columbia Basin/Columbia Basin College, 10/26/22

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