Caralee Fortin is a senior in Northern’s Diesel Technology: Equipment Management option. Fortin has had an unusual path to her impending degree: a high school drop-out at 16 in 1992, she received her GED in 2010 and began school that fall. In the intervening years between high school and her GED, she became the mother of two boys, Brendan and Brayden, who are the light of her life and her inspiration and motivation to achieve her career goals. When asked what pushed her to return to school after such a hiatus, she said, “Your failures are what drive you to success. I’m not going to let my failures define me as a person; I am going to rise above them.”
Your failures are what drive you to success. I’m not going to let my failures define me as a person; I am going to rise above them.
Fortin will tell you that she is going to succeed so her boys will also want to further their education and achieve success. Contributing to Fortin’s success was her involvement in Student Support Services, a TRIO program. “Student Support Services provided a learning environment that promoted my success as a student, but also gave me a place where I could feel comfortable to pursue my career goals.” Caralee is on track to graduate with honors this spring. Keep up the good work Caralee, You make Northern Proud.