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From the Military to Entrepreneurship, YES Students Navigate a Myriad of Career Opportunities

February’s Pathways to Access Program (PAP) Career Spotlight featured Army and Air Force members and an entrepreneur utilizing her life coaching abilities to better clients’ life trajectories.

Graduating from Capella University with a M.S. in Counseling Studies as well as a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, our featured entrepreneur, Tracey Thorpe Scott, is the founder of TTS Coaching and Development, LLC. There, she focuses on her passion: life coaching. Life Coaching aligns with Tracey’s love for helping people. She not only helps individuals grow their business ideas, but she also works to develop them - focusing on mindset and behavioral change. With her gifts, she has done more than touch lives, she is also an author, speaker, facilitator, and CCAC adjunct business faculty member. Her impact was felt and realized by students.

Our Air Force feature, Kat Rouse, is a Pittsburgh resident. Growing up in Verona PA, she worked in various industries as a young professional and even as a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh music scene. She received her Associates Degree in biology from CCAC. After graduating and realizing the strain of school cost, she decided to enroll in the Air Force to help fund the rest of her education. Now, she is an airplane mechanic in the United States Airforce. She has fulfilled her dream of traveling the world; visiting places like Europe, Texas, South Carolina and in the summer she will be in Hawaii for her sergeant exam.

William Jones, currently in the Army Reserves and a former YES mentor, graduated from Mckeesport High School and became a student athlete at Lockhaven University. He graduated from Lockhaven with his degree in Social Work. He later joined the United States Army, serving in three tours. He served in Qatar, Afghanistan, and Germany. He spent the majority of his non-military career as an Intervention Specialist for YES. Now, he currently works for the State of PA as a Disability Claims Adjudicator.

YES thanks all of our guests for sharing their successes with our students. Students will apply what they have learned to be more curious about their career goals. We also appreciate the work of our presenters, as they protect, serve, and better people's lives. Their message has been an inspiration to YES staff and students.

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