Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Arrielle Nieves

Arrielle Nieves

A 17 year old from Fort Benning Georgia, Arrielle Nieves now lives in Colorado Springs where she works as a computer lab assistant at Pikes Peak Community College. "If I didn't have this job," Arrielle says, "I'd be at the Pikes Peak Workforce… looking for a job." As a computer lab assistant, she is responsible for answering phones, checking-in patrons and aiding students at computer stations.


Arrielle's new position, which is subsidized by the Recovery Act, has allowed her to support herself financially and help her grandmother care for her younger siblings. Furthermore, while she has previous job experience in retail, her current position has taught her more technical knowledge of computers. Such knowledge will prove valuable in future work environments.


Arrielle's new job has shaped her opinion of the Recovery Act. "I think it's a good thing," she explains, "because it helps younger students like me meet… needs we need to meet and also helps us become a little more independent."


Arrielle plans to attend Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she will study biology and premed in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist.


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