Autumn’s education had been disrupted by her parents break up, which often led the family to uproot and move from one residence to another.
 
In her senior year in high school, she moved to Texas for seven months, where she learned she did not have enough credits to graduate.
 
On her return to California, a school counselor informed her of the support she could receive from the Workforce Development Board.
 
She enrolled at an alternative education center to study towards graduation, and also attended classes to learn essential life skills.
 
“The skills I learned taught me the importance of my attitude in school and at work, and how that affects my ability to be successful in life. The schedule was flexible, which made it easy for me to follow the program,” said Autumn.
 
Autumn was also provided with work attire for interviews and transportation assistance. She graduated from high school in December 2014, and by this time, had already caught the bug for further education.

She enrolled at Chaffey College, where she earned the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification and an OSHA10 card in order to conduct industrial maintenance.

Autumn then returned to the college in September to start a two-year associate’s degree in Airframe and Powerplant Technology. Autumn also gained an internship at DuBois Aviation where she shadowed a mechanic to learn how to repair airplanes.

She commented, “I love the program and the staff. They pushed me to do my best, stay committed to my goals, and helped me to follow my dreams of being an aircraft mechanic. The staff members of the program are wonderful people who really care about you; they have a special place in my heart.”