Delia is a student at one of many reengagement programs in King County. The program that Delia is currently in is called VITAL and it is located at the Puget Sound Skills Center.

Freda – Tell me about yourself and your story. You can talk about how you got to where you are now and maybe some of the challenges and barriers you faced.

Student – My name is Delia Bautista. I used to go to Mt. Rainier high school. My freshmen and sophomore years were challenging. I lost someone close to me and stopped going and caring. They didn’t do anything to inspire me.

Freda – Why did you decide to come to PSSC and VITAL?

Delia – I decided to come to the PSSC for criminal justice because I always wanted to be a canine trainer. I struggled at Mt. Rainier because of the teachers. They just teach. I have dyslexia and ADHD and teachers didn’t like that. VITAL teachers are engaging and try to find different ways to explain things when they teach. They will even go and buy resources for you to use if you don’t have it. Mt. Rainier never did that for me.

Freda – Why is this program working better for you?

Delia – It is more like a family here at VITAL. We all help each other to succeed. It’s fun and it’s engaging. The teachers push you to get to where you want to go and get your goals. They are really supportive here.

Freda – Are you on track to graduate?

Delia – Yes, I’m actually done with school after this semester.

Freda – What are your plans for after high school?

Delia – I’m going into the military, Army or Navy.

Freda – Oh wow, can I ask why?

Delia – It will help pay for my college and give me some background to go into law enforcement. I’m a police explorer too.

Freda – Can you tell me more about what that is?

Delia – It’s a program I do outside of school. They teach you how to do radio procedures, how to handcuff and arrest someone, how to do building searches, how to do high risk traffic control. They teach you every step of law enforcement and how to act or react. They have two academies a year. I took first place on physical out of 100 students when I was in the academy and in April I am trying to be promoted from explorer to sergeant. It’s basically like a police department.

Freda – Why do you want to go into this line of work?

Delia – I’m a helpful person. I like to do community service. I actually did a toy drive and gave it to a police department to give to kids that have been victims of domestic violence. I know it sounds weird but I want to make a difference in a person’s life even in a minor way. Even if it is just one life, I want to make the world a bit safer.