>>My name is Marquis Tatem, I’m a welding student at ECC. I’ve always thought this school was an awesome opportunity for anybody who took advantage of it. I’m working to get my certifications in several different methods that I’ve learned in welding. I grew up in the foster care system here in San Diego. From 8 to 18 I lived in seven different foster homes in those ten years. I’ve been to prison, I’ve had some other setback in life. and I needed a skill that’s needed now. I need something that’s gonna pay me for the effort I put in. I know what it means to me to demonstrate to my sons that you gotta keep moving, you gotta keep going forward. I always say that life is a series of hurdles After you jump one get your feet set, because here comes another one. I’m happy I’m here. It gives me something to wake up for, It gives me something to look forward to. I can improve at every day. Something that, as long as I come, its gonna reward me for me getting better.