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Lucas Berry – GED Graduate 2016 Wastewater Treatment Plant Specialist, City of Grants Pass

Lucas Berry – GED Graduate 2016
Wastewater Treatment Plant Specialist,
City of Grants Pass 

Occupational Skills Training Certificate, 2018
Associate of General Studies, 2019
Honor Roll

“I have to say getting my GED, going back to college, and completely changing careers has been a journey.  When I decided to get my GED at the age of 39, I was not fully aware of what I was getting myself into.  It was this first step that started the chain of events that brought me to where I am today.  Looking back, I am very happy with making the decision to change careers. I am also very lucky to have been able to get hired at the Grants Pass Wastewater Treatment Plant. I feel lucky to be surrounded by great people…

School has been quite the journey, this was my first experience as a college student.  I did not know what I was getting myself into, college has been more of a challenge than I ever thought it would be.  Reflecting, it is hard to believe that less than two years ago I was a high school dropout, and now I am well on my way to completing my Associate’s degree in my early 40s.  The Occupational Skills Training (OST) Program was an incredible help with receiving critical on the job experience along with college credit. I cannot see how I would be in the position I am now without the OST program or support of RCC.”

Lucas Berry – GED Graduate 2016 Wastewater Treatment Plant Specialist, City of Grants Pass  Lucas Berry at wastewater Treatment Plant


True Goodness graduates with an Occupational Skills Training Certificate at RCC
True Goodness – Co-Enrolled in ABS Classes, 2015
Job Coach – Creating Community Impact, Grants Pass

Occupational Skills Training Certificate, 2018
Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer, 2019
TRiO SSS Student

“The staff with the GED program helped me set my sites high and for reaching attainable goals for my future. The classes I took definitely went a long way ensuring my success in my occupational endeavors.

I have been working at Creating Community Impact (CCI) for nine months. During my time at CCI, I have gained many new skills and tools that have taught me a lot about adults with developmental disabilities.  As a Job Coach, I really enjoy seeing my clients take ownership of their work. Recently I was very happy to learn that one of my clients made Worker of the Month. To see his satisfaction in earning that title -- was more than words can describe. Being a Job Coach puts me in a very unique position, as I’m the person helping and encouraging someone through their work day. I’m applying a great deal of positive verbal reinforcement. I’ve found this leads to a stronger relationship between myself and my clients. Communication is probably the strongest skill I’ve developed, to date.”