Lizbeth Ochoa was homeless but she had a big dream. Through hard work the single mother of three was able to overcome the difficulties and is now working to become a teacher. Ochoa is also Yakima Valley College’s nominee for Washington state’s Transforming Lives Award.  A news release from Yakima Valley College says each year, the Washington State Association of College Trustees Awards Committee recognizes the accomplishments of nominees from each of the state’s community and technical colleges for the Transforming Lives Award. Ochoa is set to graduate from YVC in 2022. After that she'll transfer to a four-year university to study elementary education. Her goal is to eventually become an elementary teacher.
The release from YVC says each Transforming Lives awardee will receive a $250 scholarship from ACT. In addition, every recipient will also have his or her story and picture included in an awards booklet that will be shared with legislators, the higher education community, and posted on the ACT website.