Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Adversity is the mother of progress." If ever a person embodied his prophetic words, it is Rosita Aranad.
A single mother of two, Aranad seemingly defied the constraints of a 24-hour day by raising her children, holding a part-time job and attending classes as a full-time high school student. She averaged three hours of sleep each night and knew the key to finding a job to support her family was to continue her education.
"I went back to high school because I really wanted a better life, a better job and better opportunities," she says. "And I want my kids to look up to me."
From an immigrant family, Aranad faced many challenges of assimilating into a new culture shortly after her arrival. She had to overcome language barriers, learn new customs and, as an adult, find a way to provide for her family without the equivalent of an American G.E.D. Though she found some part-time work, none of the jobs paid enough for Aranad to support her family on her own.
Goodwill of North Georgia's Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.) program helped Aranad find her way back into the public school system — even as a working parent — to complete her secondary education. In addition to the high school resources available for her, the Y.E.S. program also helped with Aranad's transition to college-level courses.
"The Y.E.S. program helped me with gas money and a part-time job," she says. "But that was high school. Goodwill helped me go back to college and get a certificate so I can work in the medical field — that was my dream job."
With assistance from Goodwill's College Career Catalyst (C3) program, post-secondary education brought Aranad closer to her dream career and her family.
Before her introduction to the C3 program, Aranad never considered herself "college material." C3 covered tuition and paid training for Aranad to earn a Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate from the University of Georgia. She was able to earn money as she underwent certification, and had hands-on internship experience following the completion of her schooling.
Now employed as a full-time Spanish/English translator at a medical office in Gainsville, Aranad couldn't be happier with her job. She loves translating in a healthcare environment. And most of all, she's glad to be a provider for her family as a mother and a role model.