Sometimes instructors are there simply to help you pass an exam, but other times, they offer so much more. For one of SCI’s CMVO instructor, Cesar Gonzalez, the relationship he builds with his students is important. As a former SCI student himself, Mr. Gonzalez knows the trials and tribulations that come with returning to school. That’s why this moment in the classroom touched him so much:
“I took a picture of one of my students doing his CDL exam and it made me emotional. After knowing Mr. Montez and learning the struggles he has gone through during the course of our time together, I saw him on his knees explaining the external parts of the trailer to the state examiner. Seeing him in the middle of his exam made me realize the struggles that everyone goes through at one time or another. I saw a man who wanted to improve his quality of life. I saw a man fighting for his family.
Mr. Montez (the student) has six boys aging from one to sixteen years old and is currently unemployed. He mentioned to me how difficult it is for him to say no to his kids when they ask for something. Mr. Montez was not scheduled to test today, but after overhearing me speaking with a student who had to cancel their exam, Mr. Montez surprised me by stepping up and saying, “Sir, I think I’m ready to take the exam.”
As I watched Mr. Montez take his test, extreme emotions came over me. No matter how he does on his test, Mr. Montez is clearly a winner in my book. I never realized how rewarding working at SCI would be. As a former student and current instructor, I see all the great things Southern Career does day in and day out to enrich the lives of every man and woman who decides to take that next great step to enter America’s workforce. For this I am thankful. As it is the month to give thanks, I thank SCI for giving me this opportunity to be a part of my students’ journeys to live a better life.”
This month and every month, we are thankful for the instructors who make our courses at SCI so special. Thank you to Mr. Gonzalez for sharing this wonderful moment of clarity with his student.
This article was published on: 11/30/21 8:15 AM
* SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI. As an accredited post-secondary institution, SCI has various federal financial assistance programs available for students who qualify and are enrolled in SCI programs. This does not apply to seminar students.