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Jesse has been working on his GED

for the last two years at the Adult Education Center on Monroe. He recently just received his GED and is starting the Diesel and Heavy Duty Equipment Program Spring Quarter at Spokane Community College. Hear about his story and the impact education has had on his life.

Jesse Christanson with Amme Paluch - Workforce Special PRojects and Grant ManagerJesse Christenson (pictured with Amme Paluch - Grant Manager) began his academic journey two years ago after a lifetime of working dead end jobs and realizing education was the key to a better life. Jesse dropped out of school in the 9th grade and had been living on the streets since he was 12 years old until he was 17 years old.

When he started at the Adult Education Center, he was reading at a 2nd grade level. His 15 year old daughter was doing higher Math than him but helped him and his brother (also completing his GED through SCC) with their Math courses. Jesse now enjoys reading every day and is even helping his brother pass his Math classes!

Jesse said without the help of Kathy George and Zach Christman at the Adult Education Center, he would likely have given up on himself. Recently, Jesse lost his mother. One of her last wishes was that he completed his GED. He is so proud of himself and has realized the hard work he has put in has inspired others around him as well. Jesse’s wife is not a student at SCC and they credit their “village” for supporting them to fulfill their dreams of starting their own farm.

Jesse is thrilled to be one of the first recipients of the Metallica Scholarship and can’t wait to show his daughters the impact that education can have.