“I was tired of working nights and I was tired of (working in) casinos,” Hiwot said. “Working, taking care of family, and going to college – it was too much. I tried and I failed.”
She needed a new career, and she found Calbright. “I wanted to study to be a Salesforce admin, and when I saw I could study for free at Calbright … okay, why not? Because the alternative was to pay $2,000 or more for classes like this.”
She came to Calbright because it was free, but what she came to value most about it was “the check-ins.”
“The instructors and counselors, they reach out to you and say that if you need any help, I’m here,” she said. “Any time you’re studying, on your own schedule, there are people available on the phone or online to help you. It’s really great support for a student. You feel important.”
Hiwot graduated and now is getting paid to work in tech.