Shawnyce Fennell got used to telling a white lie when she walked her younger cousins to school. “Are you going to school after this?” they asked. She would tell them yes, even after she dropped out of Schenectady High School in her senior year. It stopped being a lie when she showed up one day in a new uniform, this time for a math bootcamp at the Social Enterprise and Training Center.
‘The bootcamp steered Fennell, 19, on a path to a high school equivalency diploma and a part-time office job at Mohawk. Ambulance, where she•s poised to move into a full-time role. Sh,e credits much of her current success to the program at SEAT.
“SEAT wasn’t just all academics. They had a career path, too. They showed me, college too, is your career path, and you don’t have to go just academics,” she said.
Her new employer is excited she found Fennell through the job training program. “She’s dependable, she’s responsible, and she clearly enjoys what she does. I think she’s found her niche,” said Wendy Becofski, business office manager at Mohawk Ambulance.