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Power of Her First Paycheck

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Costa Mesa’s Working Wardrobes is a nonprofit organization helping adults and children emerging from life crises to enter the workforce and achieve success. And President Mildred García is front and center in its current campaign, in which successful individuals each tell the story behind their first paycheck.


García writes briefly of her parents, who were factory workers with eighth-grade educations, and of her own eye-opening stint one summer at the age of 14 working on the assembly line.


“It served as a constant reminder of what my future might look like without education and became the springboard for my journey from first-generation college student from humble beginnings to the first Latina president in the California State University.” Continue reading