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By Leticia Sarazua (Leticia worked with Career Counselor Clare Balow.)

Leticia in graduation gown.My name is Leticia Sarazua. I am nineteen years old and I am currently a registered nurse employed through Essentia Health. In addition to that, I have a three-year-old son. In 2016, I graduated high school and I graduated from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College with my associate of arts degree with high honors. In 2017, I graduated with my associate of science degree in nursing and was a part of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. I received an award for service to the college, service to the community, high academic excellence, and a scholarship from the American Indian College Fund (AICF).  Read on...


By Aaron Barney (Aaron worked with Career Counselor, Clare Balow.)

Picture of Aaron BarneyI believe I was in the 11th grade, which would have been in the year 2000, when I enrolled in the Youth Work Experience program through the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training. While in the program, I worked out at the Cloquet Forestry Station. I maintained the grounds and worked with some pretty intense machinery, at least for a 17 year old! I learned how to run a large tractor, including learning hydraulics and how to run accessories off of it like a claw for moving logs around. I also was able to do some road maintenance as well. The program definitely helped me get my foot into the real world work environment. My partnership with the people at the Forestry Station, (who understood that I was fresh to the working world), helped me gain the confidence to do things that I would probably have never done.

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