Success Stories

Meet Akkia


When Akkia Long returned to her home town of Baltimore as a young teenager, she discovered that she would have to repeat the ninth grade at her new school – W.E.B. DuBois High School. She was disheartened, didn’t put her best effort forward and soon developed poor habits that led to negative behavior. She stopped coming to school regularly, didn’t complete her homework assignments, and became pregnant.

Meet Marcia


For seven years after graduating from high school, Marcia Joyner worked in retail. Although she was able to move up the ranks of management, she never felt as if she found her true career pathway and needed professional assistance.

Meet Senita

Meet Senita ImageWhen Senita Robinson, a licensed foodservice manager, became unemployed in September 2010, she started visiting the Northwest One Stop Career Center at Mondawmin Mall every day to search for open positions and apply for jobs.

Meet Darius


Darius Tarbrizi was discharged from the U.S. Navy for alcohol abuse in 2003, just a few months shy of completing his enlistment with an honorable discharge. 

Meet Deric


Deric Richardson visited his local MOED One-Stop Career Center to seek employment services after he lost his job as a security guard. 

Meet Tavon


When Tavon Betts, 18, of South Baltimore arrived at the Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) as a freshman in September 2007, he was reading at a fourth‐grade level. 

Meet Melanie


Melanie Roles of West Baltimore had her sights set on attending ACCE back in 2007 when she was starting high school. She was not selected through the Baltimore City Public Schools’ random lottery system, and instead started her freshman year at her zoned school – Dr. Samuel Banks High School.

Meet Lamont


Lamont Jackson of Edmondson Village is graduating with the second highest academic ranking in ACCE’s 94‐member class of 2011.

Meet Darrin

DarrinA 21‐year‐old with a criminal record, Darrin could have continued to choose a negative path and not pursue finding a job.  

Meet Rachel


After becoming a single mother at the age of 16 in 2004, Rachel Johnson decided to drop out of the tenth grade and work full‐time in order to support her child. But when she had a second baby a few years later, Rachel realized she wanted more for herself and her family.