Diane Stoltz was one of the nearly 9 million Americans who lost their job during the Great Recession. She turned her life around after enrolling at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.
Now she’s taking the skills she learned and putting them to use in her new career at a North County water district where she inspects water distribution systems and connections.
She’s never been happier.
|Diane Stoltz at Cuyamaca College's commencement|
“I love Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges,” Stoltz said. “I can’t thank the people there enough.”
Stoltz, 46, had worked for San Diego for about 13 years inspecting vehicles bought and sold by the city. Less than a year after losing her job, she enrolled first at Grossmont College, then at Cuyamaca.
Stoltz immersed herself in her studies, securing an Associate of Arts Degree in Arts and Humanities along with an Associate of Science Degree in Math and Science in 2013 from Cuyamaca. But after meeting with a Cuyamaca College counselor who suggested she talk to then-Cuyamaca College Water/Wastewater Technology program coordinator Donald Jones, her focus changed.
“I had a background in mechanical maintenance, and the counselor thought it might be a good fit,” Stoltz recalled. “Don used to work for the city of San Diego, he was able to connect with me, and he encouraged me to pursue the program. It was a good call.”