Now, at age 19, Noyola has earned a CPS high school diploma and has been accepted to Roosevelt University where she will study to become a nursing assistant beginning this fall. Marissa found that Ombudsman Chicago’s flexible hours, convenient location and attentive staff were instrumental in helping her earn her diploma. Now back-on-track, Marissa serves as a role model for her two younger brothers who had also dropped out of school but are now attending Ombudsman.
Marissa notes that she wants to share her story to show people that a teen mom can go to college and have a career. Chicago Public Schools partnered with Ombudsman Educational Services to open two Chicago-area dropout recovery Options School centers during the 2013 school year, offering teens a second chance at achieving academic success and building a bright future as they work toward earning a CPS diploma.