Sharing details of her own struggles to finish high school and college, El Paso Independent School District Associate Superintendent Danna Diaz told students that they could overcome similar barriers to have success in education and the workforce.
was among teachers, administrators and students who gathered at Sunset High School
on Monday to mark the creation of the new dropout recovery campus that will combine the district's two existing schools of choice and add dual credit opportunities for students up to age 26.
The College Career and Technology Academy
, which merges Sunset with the School-Age Parent Center, will open Aug. 25 and begin enrolling students this summer.
Students from both campuses attended the ceremony Monday and heard encouraging words from Diaz on her own struggles finishing high school before she went on to obtain a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
dealt with multiple challenges.
had a drug-addicted father.
joined a gang, got married and moved to Texas as a teenager before becoming pregnant in high school.
"Here I am in front of you today, telling you 'Si, se puede,'" she