At age 38, Matilda went to get her GED, which took over a year. “That was a big struggle in itself,” she says. “I didn’t think I was smart enough or capable enough to do college.”
After that she began a professional secretary college program, thinking she needed a traditional “woman’s job,” but she hated it. As she built her network in Spokane, she was encouraged to consider the addiction studies program at Spokane Falls Community College. Matilda is celebrating 25 years of sobriety this year and has always been drawn to helping others.
She met with the advisor and was soon enrolled. Her first quarter was tough and she was at risk of losing her funding. But her determination and her instructors’ encouragement pushed her forward. From then on, she earned a place on the Vice President’s honor roll list. She was a tutor and became president of SFCC’s Red Nations, a Native American student association.