Jaritza freely admits she had no drive or motivation when she started at Hubbard High School in 2009. She hadn’t received any direction from adults in her life to guide her along a path to economic self-sufficiency. One strong contributor to this was her low-performing high school. It was over-populated and fights broke out constantly.
But things changed when she decided to take an IT/Applications class her junior year that was mixed with upperclassmen. In that class, she saw Genesys Works student interns dressed professionally, and she wanted to know more. At the time, Jaritza didn’t have her driver’s license, and she needed to be able to drive herself to her internship.
"Genesys Works gave me real-life experience and helped me achieve what I am today."
Jaritza was so dedicated to participating in the program that she committed to taking driving classes before school started in the morning. Her determination was well-rewarded because she was able to earn her license and complete training.
She was placed at TransUnion, where she completed a variety of IT job duties. Jaritza flourished in her time there. She has since earned her associate’s degree, transferred to Northern, and is studying for her bachelor’s degree. “I would like to see more women involved in IT,” Jaritza said. She loves to volunteer, and while interning and working at Everspring, her current employer, she built a Cisco course for inmates and juveniles in detention in Cook County.
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