Student finds confidence, self-worth through training program
From a young age, Jasmine Guerrero knew she wanted to pursue a career in construction but struggled to find opportunities in her community.
“From the area of the city I am from, we don’t get opportunities handed to us,” Guerrero said. “Matter of fact, even if we work hard, they’re not easy to obtain. We’re more exposed to jobs working in kitchens or becoming janitors.”
While Guerrero had held jobs in the past, she always dreamed of a career. After learning about a nine-week training program started by ComEd, she knew it was an opportunity to advance as a professional.
By participating in the CONSTRUCT Program, Jasmine is receiving information and guidance to help her find a good-paying, entry-level job in construction-related fields. The program is designed to increase employment opportunities for people from the diverse communities of Chicagoland.
Through CONSTRUCT, Guerrero received career advice and life skills training, and became more confident in her abilities.
“In other jobs that I have had, I wasn’t given the same opportunities as the men next to me,” Guerrero said. “CONSTRUCT has shown me that I can do anything a man can do. I can do anything another woman can do. I can do anything I want to do as long as I put in the work.”
Guerrero is determined to succeed and plans on graduating from the CONSTRUCT Program on April 15. She looks forward to using the skills she has learned from the program to save for retirement and start building a future for her and her family.
For more information on CONSTRUCT, visit ComEd.com/CONSTRUCT.
To see Guerrero describe the value of CONSTRUCT, watch the video above.