Congratulations graduates Class 65 of the Administrative Careers Training (ACT) program graduated from training on Friday, September 24th, celebrating over Zoom with friends and family.

Pittsburg City Council Member Juan Banales served as the Special Guest Speaker.

Juan is a son of immigrant parents who came to this country in search of a promising future and settled in Pittsburg. In 2013, Juan graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and immediately returned to his hometown to live, work, and serve the community. He has served in Pittsburg as Planning Commissioner, City Council Member, and Mayor. His day job is as an engineer with Opportunity Junction employer partner Corteva Agriscience

The stories from the 10 ACT graduates were the highlight of the program. They recounted the challenges that the classmates overcame during the summer of Delta. Graduate Courtney Guzman explains, “Opportunity Junction has changed my life in more ways than one. I faced challenges I never could have imagined facing. With the support of my family, amazing staff, and wonderful classmates whom I now call my friends I was able to overcome those challenges. I will forever cherish the experience."

In addition to graduating from the training phase of the ACT, fully 90% of the graduates earned at least one Microsoft Office Specialist certification. They now are completing their internships, gaining valuable work experience while engaged in job search and placement.

Graduate Lisa Odom summed it up: “Opportunity Junction opened so many doors for me. I met so many wonderful people and learned so much. I'm very grateful for this experience.”