When Jason Portell decided to go back to school, it was more than just for him, it was for his entire family. The former construction worker lost his job due to the economic impact on the housing market, but a scholarship at SCC made it possible for him to make a new start.
The 32-year-old applied for and received the General Motors scholarship from the SCC Foundation. “It allowed me to go to school and to be able to support my family,” he said. Portell has three children, an 11-year old daughter and 9- and 6-year-old sons.
He maintained a 4.0 grade point average. “I wasn’t exactly the best student right out of high school. But I’ll tell you this, the people at SCC did everything possible to make sure I succeeded,” he said. “They’ve been beyond good to me, and I’m really grateful.”
The good news doesn’t stop there.
After a thank you speech he gave for his scholarship during an open house at the Wentzville GM plant in September, Jason was approached and encouraged to apply for a job. He’s now a group leader at GM and supervises several employees.
“I love the job so far, and I love the people I work for and with,” he said.
Jason graduated from SCC in May 2012, and he plans to transfer to Lindenwood University to complete a bachelor’s degree in business.