This month, WUWM is that includes 4 Milwaukee Space Technical Faculty college students, in dialog with individuals who have helped them on their schooling journeys.
Within the final installment of the StoryCorps-inspired sequence, we hear from Corey Lee. He’s a father of two who graduated with a enterprise administration diploma in December.
Throughout his time at MATC, Corey turned to the faculty-run FAST Fund for emergency monetary assist. He bought to know Michael Rosen, a retired economics professor who based the FAST Fund. The fund has helped lots of of scholars keep at school.
The 2 of them sat down to speak about Corey’s schooling expertise.
Their dialog, which has been edited for readability and size, is transcribed under.
Michael Rosen: Corey, the way you doing?
Corey Lee: Good, you?
Rosen: Good. So the place did you go to highschool and what did you do after you graduated?
Lee: I went to Milwaukee Hamilton Excessive Faculty. After I graduated, I labored at Educators Credit score Union for about one other two years after commencement. After which after Educators, I went to U.S. Financial institution and varied different monetary establishments.
Rosen: Did you propose to go to school throughout this time or had been you simply excited about working?
Lee: Rising up seeing my mother go to school — sure, it was at all times the plan for me. In class they’d push all people to go to school. Yeah, that was one of many targets.
I began off at UW-Waukesha. I used to be about 19. Ended up having a son, after which I failed my examination, my math examination. After that I finished going to highschool for a pair years and discovered learn how to be a dad. As soon as I discovered learn how to be a dad, I went again to highschool in 2017. I took off possibly about 5 years, so 2012 after which I went again in 2017.
I’m a giant advocate for being a task mannequin, particularly for folks youthful than me, similar to my children. So I went again and made positive that I completed, simply to indicate them that they’ll do it.
There are some late nights the place you will have children working round and taking part in with toys and issues and also you’re attempting to get an examination finished or some homework finished, which generally is a little difficult. However you simply gotta have the psychological toughness to push by way of it.
I’m not an 18 or 19-year-old or something like that, so I do know the stigma of youthful children going to highschool and having a debt and every part. I consider that at any age you’ll be able to return to highschool, it’s not a race. Go at your personal tempo.
Full dialog between Corey Lee & Michael Rosen.
Rosen: So how previous had been you if you went again to highschool?
Lee: Uh, 2017, 5 years in the past. I used to be about 23, 24.
Rosen: So what’s been most difficult for you in attempting to get your diploma? Which congratulations — I do know you bought it.
Lee: Thanks. Truthfully, like all scholar at any college, getting up to enroll as a result of you understand how arduous possibly that final semester was and also you’re like, “I gotta undergo this once more?” However simply having the willpower to stand up and proceed to do it.
I do know some folks from highschool may need taken some programs that carried over into school, however I didn’t. So I needed to begin contemporary and go from there. After which I needed to take a pair courses — you realize, it’s a must to take a look at in to MATC or another school. And math, that’s not certainly one of my favourite issues. So I needed to take like an additional math class — you realize, the fundamentals, the understudy courses.
So I don’t know, I believe that simply getting up to enroll in college after which really going and ending is a superb feat for irrespective of what number of years it’s a must to do it.
Rosen: When it comes to monetary pressures, are you able to discuss a bit bit about that? I imply, you had been a working dad or mum, impartial, counting on your self. A whole lot of college students at MATC, most of them are working, going to highschool, elevating children, and there’s lots of monetary pressures that the normal school scholar doesn’t have.
Lee: So, my total household moved to Arizona eight or 9 years in the past. I ended up shifting to Shorewood right into a one bed room — it was a small residence, nevertheless it was a starter. And the payments, the hire was excessive. I keep in mind my lights getting turned off as a result of I had a lot stuff to care for. The steadiness constructed as much as about $650. I didn’t have $650 on the time. And I used to be behind a couple of month or two on hire.
I reached out to the FAST Fund. You guys actually helped me out in some powerful occasions, I actually do recognize it. Being at school and never having any assist from my dad and mom or something, I type of was prideful on simply attempting to care for issues alone, like lots of college students are.
I’ve been helped by the FAST Fund at the very least three or 4 occasions, minimal. And I actually recognize you guys serving to me out.
Rosen: Properly, we’re glad we might enable you out, Corey. And we’re glad that you simply graduated. We noticed that you simply, like lots of the college students we work with, face challenges which are actual.
We take lots of pleasure in the truth that we had been ready that can assist you wrestle by way of it. But when it hadn’t been on your fortitude and your dedication, and your arduous work, it wouldn’t have occurred. So now what are you planning on doing?
Lee: My aim now, I went proper again to highschool for my actual property certificates for an actual property salesperson with a view to take the take a look at to turn into an actual property agent.
So I’ve that, after which I’ve my enterprise administration diploma in addition to my expertise within the monetary area, I consider 13 years now, so I’m gonna take all of that, do my actual property issues on the aspect, study that enterprise after which attempt to begin my very own enterprise, which is why I bought a enterprise diploma against an accounting diploma.
Rosen: What classes — you realize, you talked about your son — what classes out of your expertise do you hope to impart to your sons?
Lee: The very first thing is to ensure they develop up within the correct environments, beginning with the neighborhoods — which, I didn’t develop up in an excellent one. Instructing them learn how to work.
I don’t need them to really feel compelled to go to school, to be trustworthy. I would like them to make that call. Possibly you need to take up a commerce, or you’ll be able to go to school, possibly you need to go to an HBCU for the school expertise, I don’t know. However I really feel like in my period after I was rising up, school was pushed.
Let’s be actual, there are lots of — if you’re 18, 19, you’re not financially all the way in which sensible. I believe we’ve all been there. However I need to guarantee that my errors aren’t made by my children. I can’t say they gained’t make errors, however I’ll attempt to reduce them at the very least.
This sequence was produced with assist from the MATC FAST Fund in connecting with college students.
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