22 year-old Sierra Nevada Job Corps graduate Genesis Pierre has been awarded the Continuing Excellence Scholar of the Year by Management Training Corporation (MTC).
While attending SNJCC from 2016-2019, Genesis received her Certified Nursing Assistant certifications, then climbed the ladder to excel as an Advanced Career Training student at Truckee Meadow Community College. She went on to the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was awarded a B.S. degree in Nutrition in the summer of 2019.
Daniela Dupkala, Genesis’ mother, was on hand to present the award to her daughter. Daniella, originally from the Czech Republic, is now a staff member at SNJCC, where she helps feed 430 hungry students three times a day. “I’m so proud of the way everyone working here treats our students, and it’s absolutely fantastic that our company assists young people like Genesis…they’re our future.”
Genesis spoke of her time at Job Corps. “I was very happy here at Sierra Nevada. I loved all the support I received from the instructors, the staff (especially the cafeteria staff), and my fellow students.” What would she say to new students coming into the program? “Don’t give up. I know friends who quit. They’re going nowhere. So, when you come here, keep on going. Try to get into ACT. Please, don’t give up ”
To give back, Genesis is headed to Washington state for a 10-month stint at a voluntary civil society program called Americorps, working as a Nutrition Educator to teach low-income Americans gardening techniques, cooking, food budgeting, and overall nutrition goals. After Americorps, she intends to apply for a dietetic internship and then pass the state exam to become a Registered Dietitian, saying, “Promoting good health through proper nutritional habits is what motivates me.” Her long-term goal: to travel the world using her knowledge and skills in nutrition, as well as the communication skills she has developed through her CNA training, to make an impact in disadvantaged communities.
It goes without saying that Genesis is a credit to everyone at Sierra Nevada Job Corps and to the state of Nevada.