Maria started with us in our Beginning ESL class this last semester. When she found out that Amazon was coming on campus for a hiring event, she came and applied. With the help of Rosa Castillo, our AmeriCorps VISTA, she got the job. She did so well that in three months, she became a permanent employee at Amazon.
Maria says the ESL class, and Mrs. Pinell-Hernandez, were a tremendous help because while she is at work, she uses her English skills and is improving. She reflects back often to what she learned in her ESL class because it was very relevant to what she is doing at her job.
For the first time, Maria will have excellent health benefits for herself and her family because of her work at Amazon. She is now returning to FAS this semester to join the Citizenship class. She is working on obtaining her US citizenship very soon!