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Student Success Story

Submitted By: Bill Bettencourt, Placer School for Adults
Consortium: Sierra Joint Consortium

Meet Christopher

Program Area(s): Career Technical Education , Workforce Re-entry

The Challenge

My parents always noticed that I was good with computers and naturally drawn to them. Mom and Dad kept encouraging me to take some computer classes at the Placer School for Adults but it didn’t click with me until I was laid off from the economic downturn. So I started with a basic class. I took the PC Technician and Networking class and then I took the CompTIA A+ Certification class which used a great book. I had a great teacher that helped me tremendously. My teacher was brilliant and well-versed in electronics and computers. We often talked after class about computers, and he referred me to a local small business owner in Auburn (Doctor PC). So I began to spend time at the shop with Mr. Schurr, the owner.

The Solution

Back in my classes, my teacher saw my progress and encouraged me to get my A+ certification as soon as possible. I passed my certification test on the first attempt with a score of 91 percent!

I am very thankful for Placer School for Adults. Their courses are excellent and taught me the skills I need to have the confidence to pursue my passion and launch a great career.

And of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of my loving wife Stacey and my parents, Carl and Janis. Thank you for being there to encourage me. A special thanks goes to my father for teaching me so many things about computers.


When I finished my classes I got in touch with Golden Sierra Connections in Auburn, and they helped get my first real computer job at Doctor PC, in Auburn. I am currently working 30 hours per week and now see what my parents knew all along - that I have a passion for computers. I am now on a career path that will lead me in a successful direction.