Success Stories

Stories Matter

In the short time our program has been activated, we're proud to show the success of our many graduates. From starting their own businesses to continuing their educations to the highest degree, we hope you'll be just inspired by their journeys.

Adrian James

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. He attended Grand Rapids Community College for one year then transferred to Lansing Community College to run track and pursue his education in Business Administration. In December 2014 , Adrian completed all of his requirements to earn his Associates Degree in Business Management. Adrian is working Fulltime at 5LINX Enterprises, Inc. as a talent manager. He plans on attending Michigan State University in the near future to complete his educational endeavors.

Akeydra Abrams

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. She attended Southwestern Michigan Community College where she earned an Associate’s in Criminal Justice in May 2013. She then transferred to Grand Valley State University to complete her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in basic law. In May 2016, she graduated with Honors and plans to pursue a LAW Degree in Family Law .

Alexis Duncan

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. After completing the BHHS CAN Program she earned her CNA CERTIFACTE and began working Full Time at Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Alexis continues to pursue her Nursing goals as she attends LMC part-time.

Ali Thomas

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2013. He attended Lake Michigan College where he recently earned an Associate’s in Science. He plans to attend WMU in the Fall.

Andrea Batom

Graduated from the Dream Academy in 2011 as the class Valedictorian. She attended Lake Michigan College to pursue her educational goals, and in the spring of 2014, earned an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. She is currently attending Grand Valley State University and majoring in Social Work.

Anthony Baker

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2012. He attends Lake Michigan College and is majoring in CIS/Networking. Anthony graduated with his Associate’s in December 2015. He also works full-time at Whirlpool Corporation. Anthony plans to transfer to Western Michigan University after completing his Associate’s to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems.

Antwan Walls

Graduated from Dream Academy in 2011. He attended and graduated from Lake Michigan College in December 2014 with an Associates in General Studies. Antwan plans to transfer to Western Michigan University. Antwan has his mind set on becoming a successful graphic designer.

Callie Oviatt

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2013. She is attending Lake Michigan College where she is majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy. Once she graduates from LMC she plans to attend Grand Valley State university to get my Bachelor of Science in physical therapy. Callie is currently employment at Whirlpool. Callie is focused on accomplishing her career goal which is to become a physical therapist.

Cameron Isom

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2013. He attended Lake Michigan College where he recently earned an Associate’s degree in Information Technology. He is currently employed at Whirlpool Corporation and plans to further his education at Western University in the near future.

Carly Harris

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2013. She is attended Lake Michigan College where she majored in graphic design. She earned her Associate’s in Arts in May 2015.

Carolyn Jackson

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. She attended Lake Michigan College where she will earn an Associate’s degree in Science with High Honors. She plans to proceed with her educational Journey at WMU University where she will major in Sociology/SWK.

Colton Harris

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. He attended Lake Michigan College and works full-time at Flying Colors Aviation. Colton will be graduating this Spring with an Associate Degree in Computer Technology.

Corey Sterling Jr.

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2012. Corey is attending Lansing Community College where is majoring in Communications and working part –time in the MSU café’. Corey will be graduating in the summer of 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. Corey plans to transfer to Eastern Michigan University in the Fall of 2015.

Da’Jonte Oliver

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2012. He attended Lake Michigan College his Associate’s Degree in May 2014 . He’s currently working Full-time at Whirlpool and taking classes pt at LMC. Dajonte has plans to transfer to Michigan Tech in the Fall of 2016.

Damien Evans

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. He attended and graduated from Southwestern Michigan Community College where he majored in Psychology . Damien is continuing his education at Western Michigan University. He is also currently working for LADD Inc, where he provides care of people with disabilities. Damien currently serves in the United States Army. Damien has future goals of becoming a clinical psychologist and plans to obtain a Doctoral Degree.

Davion Askew

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2012 and attended Lansing Community College. Davion earned his Associate Degree in General Studies in the Spring of 2014. He is currently pursuing his passion, his music.

Deavondre Jones

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and majored in Dance And Theatre. In the Spring of 2013 He earned his Associate’s Degree and pursued his dream of Dancing as a contestant on several shows such as America’s Got Talent & I know I can Dance. Deavondre is the CEO of his own Choreographer‘ Company called DanceSPIRE.  He attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL majoring in Entertainment and Media Management. In Spring of 2015 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.

Demetrius Eberhardt

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. He attended SMC for a year then transferred to KVCC to major in Criminal Justice. In 2013 Demetrius earned his Associate’s in Arts degree. He is currently attending Ferris State University with a double major in Criminal Justice/Social work. His ultimate goal is to become a warden of a prison.

Emma Schaper

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. She attended Lake Michigan College as a Pre-Med student she actually earned so many credits that she earned two Degrees, In Arts & in Science! Emma Graduated in May 2014 with honors!!!! She continues to take classes and plans to transfer to Western Michigan University to pursue a degree in Computer technology.

Henry Hall

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. He went on to attend Lansing Community College as a business major. Henry also played baseball on a partial scholarship for LCC. IN May 2013, he graduated with an Associates Degree in General studies. Henry is currently employed Full Time with Ford Motor company and is saving money to pursue his education in the near future.

Hillary Espinal

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. She attended Lake Michigan College as the recipient of a full ride Scholarship due to her Academic excellence in high school. She was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. In May 2014, Hilary earned an Associate’s Degree from in Nursing. She is currently attending Western Michigan University where she is majoring in Psychology-Family Studies

Israel Abelino-Sotelo

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2012 and attended Lake Michigan College. He earned his Associates in General Studies (Energy Production concentration in Spring 2014). Israel initially didn’t plan to attend college. He thought it was impossible due to his legal status. With the Promise support, he decided would attend college and major in a field that wouldn’t require much time, but pay well. After graduation, Israel interned with Cook Nuclear Energy Plant. The role helped Israel appreciate that he can do more and he plans to do just that. Israel earned an Associate’s in Applied Science in August 2015 with Honors! He has goals of pursuing his PhD one day.

JaQuanna Carter

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. She went on to attend Lansing Community College as a Criminal Justice Major. In May of 2016 JaQuanna completed a Human Services Certificate Program and began working for DHS as a Payment Assistant worker. She continues to take classes at LCC and is a semester away from completing her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Jasmine Jones

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2013. Jasmine will graduate from Lake Michigan College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies this summer. Jasmine plans to transfer to a 4 year University in the Fall of 2016.

Jatara McClinton

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. She attended Lake Michigan College where she is on track to earn her Associate’s degree in General Studies by Fall 2016.

Kapresha Pierce

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2012. She Attended LMC, majoring in Psychology. Kapresha will be graduating in May of 2015 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science . Kapresha is planning to continue her educational journey at Grand Valley State University in the Fall of 2015. Ms. Pierce is determined to finish her education and become a professional that works closely with children that have Autism.

Khadijah Brown

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2012. She attended Lake Michigan College where she earned an Associate’s in Arts in Summer 2016. Khadijah plans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree At Western University in Communications starting in the Fall of 2016. Her ultimate goal is to create mentoring programs to help young girls become successful women.

Kyle Oviatt

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. He attended Lake Michigan College in December 2013. Kyle earned his Associate’s degree in Computer Technology. Kyle is attending Western Michigan University part-time and is working Fulltime at Best Buy with GEEKSQUAD.

Lexis Washington

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. After completing the BHHS CAN Program she earned her CAN CERTIFACTE and began working full time at . Alexis also attended classes at Lake Michigan College to pursue her Nursing goals.

Matthew Andrasi

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. After graduation he attended Lake MI College before transferring to KVCC, In MAY of 2013, Matthew earned his Associate’s degree in General studies. Matthew plans to continue his education at Western university in Business Administration.

Natasha Brown

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. She attended Lake Michigan College and earned an Associates degree in General Studies in May 2015. She will further her education at Western Michigan University in Business Administration .

Nickia Salaam

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2013. She attended Southwestern Michigan College where she earned an Associate’s in Applied Science. She is currently attending Ferris State University where she is majoring in Social Work/Criminal Justice.

Radja Thompson

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. After completing the BHHS CAN Program she earned her CNA Certificate and began working Full Time at Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Alexis continues to pursue her Nursing goals as she attends LMC part-time.

Riley Beaman

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. He attended Lake Michigan College and graduated in May 2015 with an Associate ‘s Degree in General studies. Riley was recently hired with Lake Michigan College in the Utility Department .

Roneisha Bonds-Love

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2014. After completing the BHHS CAN CTE Program she earned her CNA Certificate and began working Full Time at Home. Roneisha continues to pursue her Nursing goals as she attends SMC Full-time.

Roxane Braddox

Graduated from the Dream Academy in 2012. She attended Lake Michigan college and earned a certificate in Office Information systems in May 2015 . She recently graduated with her Associate’s Degree in general studies with a focus on Social work. Roxanne has goals of one day becoming a successful attorney and wants to work to improve the quality of life for children.

Roy Napier

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2012. He attended Lake Michigan College on a Partial Scholarship to play Basketball. Roy majored in General Studies and hopes to one day become a Business Owner like his father. Roy earned his Associate’s Degree in May 2014 . He’s currently attending classes towards his bachelor’s degree at Lake Michigan college.

Sha’von Moore

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. She Attended LMC where she earned an Associate’s in general Studies in May of 2015. In the Fall of 2015 she transferred to Wayne State University where she is majoring in Business Administration. Sha’Von is focused on returning to Benton Harbor and opening her own business one day.

Shana Rosebud

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2011. In May of 2014, Shana earned her associate degree of arts in pre-social work/sociology from Lake Michigan College. Shana is recently attending Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, where she is an junior . She also works part-time for campus security as a booth attendant . She is currently majoring in sociology and minoring in psychology. It should be noted that while attending LMC, Shana was recognized as a leader by Louis Thomas who asked her to serve as a PROMISE MENTOR for the Benton Harbor Promise Start to finish program.

Sierra Salaam

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. She attended Southwestern Michigan Community College where she earned an Associate’s in Arts in May 2013. She then transferred to Grand Valley State University to complete her Bachelor’s graduated at Grand Valley State University and pursued a degree in Bachelor of Science in Information System. she is currently employed as a SQL Administrator in Grand Rapids. Sierra plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Sujuanna Johnson

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. She attended Lake Michigan College where she earned an Associates Degree in Art in the Spring of 2014. Sujuanna is currently taking classes at Sienna Heights to earn a Bachelors Degree in nursing and she is employed fulltime as a life enrichment director at a nursing home.

Tashiana Windmon

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2014. She attended Lake Michigan College where She will earn her Associate’s degree in Arts in the Summer of 2016. She is also currently employed at CitiTrends as an assistant manager and plans to further her education at Grand Valley State University in the near future.

Tiara Greer-Allen

Graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 2011. She attended and graduated from Lake Michigan College, majoring in General Studies. Tiara graduated in December 2014 with an Associate of Arts in General Studies. Tiara is enrolled at Kentucky State University Spring 2015, receiving a full academic scholarship. She’ plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Her career goal is to become a Human Resource Specialist for a Fortune 500 company. After working for a company, she plans to start her own business. It should be noted that Tiara graduated with HONORS and served as a peer mentor with the Start to Finish Program.

Tiffany Archer

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2012. She attended Lake Michigan College where she majored in PRE-Engineering. Tiffany will be graduated in May 2015 with Honors. She is now attending,Western Michigan University to earn a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineer.

Trajan Smith

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2013. He attended Lake Michigan College and will graduate this Summer 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Arts. Trajan then Plans to attend Ferris state university to get a bachelors in graphic design and also become an animator/illustrator.

Ty’Ara Williams

Graduated in 2011 from BHHS and attended SMC. After a successful year at SMC she decided to relocate to Chicago, IL to be closer to her grandmother. Ty’Ara completed her Associates in Criminal Justice at DuPage Community College in December 2014.  She is working Fulltime for Cook County as a tracking and surveillance officer with the juvenile court.  She is planning to attend Northwestern University this Fall to finish her B.S. Degree in Human Services with plans to work her way up within the Probation Department.  Ty’Ara has hopes of going on to complete her Master’s degree and is in pursuit of a court administrator position.

Vasily Zadorozhnyy

Graduated from Countryside Academy in 2013. Vasily was a high school foreign exchange student from Russia. Vasily decided to stay in the US and pursue his post secondary education. He attends Lake Michigan College and will graduate this Spring with an Associate’s Degree in Math Science. Vasily plans to attend Grand Valley State University; his goal is to become a mathematician and earn a PhD in Topology.

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