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Potential Dropout to Proud Leader

CIS of The Permian Basin
College and Career Preparation

With the support of CIS, our students stay in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. They all have a story about their journey to who they are today. Alumnus Samuel shares his.

I was part of many first generation US born students that needed direction and guidance in graduating high school. I felt that getting a job was more important than graduating and felt out of place in school because I did not understand the value in graduating. CIS helped motivate me to catch up on my grades and graduate with my class of 2000. If it weren’t for CIS, I would not have graduated and gone off to college. After graduating high school, CIS provided me the opportunity to attend the 2000 National Youth Summit in Orlando, Florida where I listened to speakers, including Colin Powell, and met with other youth leaders around the country. It was my first time to leave the state of Texas and board an airplane. 

Today I am the Director of Recruiting for an oil and gas service company and have been with them for 10 years. I also serve on many volunteer and advisory boards. I credit my success to the CIS group that helped light the path for me to a brighter future and I look forward to partnering with CIS program leaders now so I can assist other youth reach their goals.

- December 2015

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