By Julieta Paita
ALDINE–Students at the School of Business in Aldine Community Transformation Center (Aldine CTC) celebrated their summer graduation on August 2, 2012.
A total of 15 graduates and 6 program participants received a certificate for completing a nine week business summer program.
Guest speaker Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher, president of Houston Community College-Northeast talked to students about “ownership”.
“The first level of ownership is ownership of self, what you do, where you go, the decision you made,” said Dr. Fisher. Learning to control emotions is “part of learning ownership,” said. Dr Fisher.
Dr. Fisher explained that if someone does not control his emotions, (anger, hapiness, sorrow) sometimes could get you in trouble. “A lady won the lottery, was so happy that she had a heart attack; anger could also get you in trouble,” Dr Fisher added. During the nine weeks summer program, students received hands-on training in marketing, customer relations and retail principals just to name a few.
According to the center’s website, the school of business at Aldine CTC “is an intern program designed to give teens, ages 14 to 17, the opportunity to develop business, financial, interpersonal and job readiness skills to prepare them for the workforce and adulthood.”
Interns also trained at the resale shop (located in front of the Aldine CTC) in areas such as customer service, inventory control, stocking, cashier skills and merchandising. All graduates agreed that skills learned at the program would help students in their career or when they apply for a job.
School of Business 2012 Summer graduates are: Summer Angel, Sandra Colindres, Krislyn Curtis, James Davila, Kaylyn Gay, Tommy Gonzales, Juan Herrera, Raimore Kayode, Jaylun LaRue, Brandy Marsh, Fernando Monsibais, Miguel Ontiveros, Blanca Reyna, Alexis Robledo and Jasmine Rojas. Program participants are: Shaakira Carr, Megan Castillo, P.J. Gonzales, Raime Kayode, Daron McGuire and Ashley Price.
Ms. Monique Stewart, school of business life skills trainer and Mr. Ronnie Lillard, assistant life skills trainer are responsible for the sucess of the students at the school of business. The School of Business program is sponsored in part by the East Aldine District.
Board members Joyce Wiley and Gilbert Hoffman were on hand to receive a recognition award.