When Eric Levine thinks back to the plan he had for his future following high school, his answer is simple. “I don’t know. I had no clue.” The college access program Admission Possible helped him consider the path towards college. But his interest in IT and his effort towards success in the Genesys Works program have propelled him towards a future of college and a professional career.
Eric was part of the first cohort of Genesys Works students to train in Minneapolis last summer. Cooper High School, Eric’s alma mater, offered their support by providing transportation to and from downtown every day. One of the most exciting moments in the program for Eric came at the end of the summer training as he and his peers were paired with their new workplaces in a ceremony akin to a professional sports draft. Eric was excited to find out that he had been selected to work in the IT department of Capella University in downtown Minneapolis.
Being assigned to a meaningful professional job has been invaluable in helping Eric to develop the confidence and commitment to himself he needed. At work, he has been reliable and hard working and is now seen as the go-to resources in his department for employee technology changes, adds, and removals. His supervisor, Matt Pelowski states “I’m impressed with Eric’s progress. I can clearly see how Eric’s professional persona and confidence have improved since he started with Genesys Works and Capella. Eric worked hard to develop his IT skills, something he can take with him... I see Eric as a future leader, he will go far.”
Eric built on this success by wrapping up the high school credits he needed to graduate early allowing him to pick-up additional hours working at Capella. With support from Genesys Works, Admission Possible, and his workplace supervisor and co-workers, Eric has persevered in putting together another large piece of his brighter future. He has been accepted and enrolled at St Cloud State University and plans to attend in the fall.