Student with barriers finds success at The Excel Center
Although Courtney Person earned a certificate of completion in high school, a learning disability prevented her from receiving a diploma. Courtney studied dental careers at the J. Everett Light Career Center as a high school student, but without a diploma, she could not pursue her plan to become a dental hygienist. It was a devastating blow.
In 2012, Courtney was hired by Goodwill Commercial Services for a janitorial role at the Minton-Capehart Federal Building. She worked her way up to Team Leader and is now responsible for managing three other employees. In 2016, encouraged by the support of Goodwill staff, Courtney enrolled at The Excel Center to give her diploma another shot.
“After more than two years of coursework, I will walk across the stage in May,” Courtney said. “It’s exciting. I’ve come a long way.”
This achievement is especially gratifying for Courtney because she is back on track for the dental career she always wanted.
“As soon as I graduate, I will begin a Dental Radiology Certification course and start looking for career options in my preferred field,” she said.
Not only is Courtney’s career growing — so is her family. She is getting married and expecting her second child this year.
“Courtney’s resilience, tenacity and perseverance set her apart,” said Shontovia Atkinson, former Employee Resource Development Specialist and current New Beginnings Supervisor at Goodwill. “With her motivation to succeed, the possibilities are limitless.”