Terrance Celestine, 30, decided to turn his life around in the fall of 2013 when he enrolled in Northshore Technical Community College’s (NTCC) Adult Basic Education program.
Before enrolling at NTCC, Celestine was a struggling father of four, working odd jobs in construction to make ends meet; but he knew the first step towards a new future would be to get his adult equivalency diploma.
For much of that school year, he studied and worked hard to pass the HiSET test. By the time he received his diploma, Celestine knew he had to continue his education to obtain a high-wage, high-demand career.
Since he enjoyed working in construction, he decided to pursue a Construction Building Technology Associates Degree from NTCC.
“I had been building houses the hard way, without knowledge of mathematical formulas, blueprint reading skills, and other skills that could make my job much more accurate and easier,” said Celestine. “I remember climbing rafters to measure for board cuts before I was taught these skills.”
At the end of his first semester at NTCC, Celestine had earned a 3.9 GPA and was well on his way to finishing his degree plan.
Celestine is in his second semester at NTCC and attributes much of his success to his teachers and the support staff at NTCC’s Sullivan campus. He is particularly fond of his construction teacher, Phil Graves. He praises Graves for giving him hands-on experience, simplifying formulas, and taking a personal interest in his achievements.
Celestine hopes to graduate at the end of this semester. He admits that his journey has not been easy, but he feels confident that his experience at NTCC will pay off in the future. He is looking forward to a career with a big construction firm, medical and retirement benefits, and enough income to provide a comfortable life for his family.