Success Stories | Colt 

Colt smiling for the camera

Needing a GED 


Colt was not in the typical age range of participants looking to enroll in the Eckerd Connects Workforce Development program. He was 23 when he stopped in at the Chisholm Community Center in Deland to learn more about the program.  

Colt was employed; however, he did not have his high school diploma and it was now hindering him as an adult. Colt was certain that earning his GED would help him get a better job. 

Developing career and life skills 

Colt participated in multiple workshops that addressed work ethic and interviewing preparation, financial management, and personal life skill development. 

In September, Colt earned his diploma. Since he already had employment, he became a Youth Positive Outcome/graduate in early October. Colt is excited to leave his fast-food job and is working toward a career path as a welder. 

Pursuing his career goals 

Colt has welding experience having already taken classes for it; however, Colt recognizes that most employers will expect that he completes a welding program.  

Colt is planning to enroll at Southern Technical College in Sanford, Florida so that he can obtain the certification needed to pursue a welding career. 

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