It wasn’t all that long ago that Mac Cruz was “struggling academically,” as one teacher put it. Or, as Mac himself put it, “failing.” His mother had passed away when Mac was just a freshman, and he had never really wanted to go to school in the first place. So he just…didn’t.
Fast forward three years to May 2020 and Mac has a diploma from Greeley’s Jefferson High School, where he had enrolled in Construction Management Pathway, a program that teaches students things like practical geometry, construction vocabulary, and computer-aided drafting. And he’s halfway to an associate’s degree in construction management with experience working in the industry.