Htoo Paw is 25 years old and set to earn his high school diploma this June. Although he has already graduated from high school as a refugee in Thailand, his diploma is not fully recognized by institutions in the United States. He is a bright young man with a quick wit, and he did not let this barrier to success slow him down.
Currently, Htoo Paw is taking full advantage of the English classes and certification programs provided by Guadalupe Alternative Programs, GAP. Last year he completed the Minnesota Computers for Schools Workforce Development Program offered through GAP, where he learned how to use a computer, digital literacy skills and computer recycling and refurbishing. At the end of the program, he earned his Internet and Computing Core Certification and was well trained on how to recycle and refurbish computers. He also learned soft skills such as time management, resume writing and interview skills.
He recently secured a job at Arrow Value Recovery, an IT asset disposition company in St. Paul. There is no doubt that his work ethic, combined with Minnesota Computers for School’s Workforce Development Program, is the reason. Htoo Paw continues to move ahead in his career, and is on his way to completing the Pharmacy Tech Program offered at GAP. One can easily see that despite multiple barriers, Htoo Paw went on to succeed as a direct result of his hard work and a little help from his friends at Minnesota Computers for Schools.
We want to thank all of our supporters for helping to make a difference in the lives of students like Htoo Paw.