Nine students and NECA instructor John Vittera got their 15 minutes of fame on Friday June 27th ….no…it was 20 minutes!
Watch the drama unfold!
The students are enrolled in a ProjectCare course taught by Vittera at the HIRED Office in Minneapolis. He is teaching the Customer Service class as District 287’s part of a grant collaboration. ProjectCARE is a HIRED collaborative effort funded by the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Greater Twin Cities United Way Women’s Giving, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurses’ Association.
According to Vittera when he arrived at the HIRED office on the Friday, police and black vehicles filled the parking lot.
“I knew something was up,” said Vittera. “The students and I went through a security check and then we went to the classroom.” He added, “The real surprise came later when lots of cameras and President Obama entered, I was actually stunned!”
The President asked about the class and I thought it was best that the students tell about the class,” Vittera recalled. “The most compelling part of the visit for the teen moms was when President Obama shared with them that he was a child of a teen mom. His mother was 18 when she had him and she raised him on her own.”
Students reflected on their experience in talking with the President.
Nou:“My kid will someday be like the president, successful.”
Kenisha: “I have a lot going on in my life and think a lot about what happened in my past. President Obama talking to me last Friday made me think, I am worthy!”
Shanarea: “The first person I called was my grandfather and he said he was proud of me for meeting the president. He voted for Obama.”
Adolescent students who are parenting and receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) funding requires young women under the age of 21 who have not graduated from high school or have a GED to be in school or an approved work activity. This Customer Service course is similar to one taught year round in the ALC programs at District 287.
HIRED works closely with schools and social service agencies, to support students in obtaining their high school diploma, pursue higher education, and develop the work habits and job-search skills necessary to find and hold a job. It is a natural partner for District 287’s work. Collapse this story