Datin Gustave , 19, graduated from Laguna Creek High School in 2010. He currently attends Cosumnes River College and is most interested in his Green Building Construction classes.
“I am headed to the construction 130 class. This class will be a little less lecture and more hands on. As I progress through school, I will later encounter a class called B.P.I. This class deals with a greener concept like performing an In Door Air Quality test for buildings.” Datin credits the Alpha Academy and Green Tech for encouraging him to improve his grades, his personal growth and self-motivation.
Datin has participated in the Green Tech program for nearly three years. His experience includes building the Solar Case as a member of the inaugural Green Tech Solar Case team and multiple Green Tech Tours. He is featured on the Green Tech Solar Case brochure as a student leader and future climate hero.
“The Solar Suit Cases are an alternative energy source for light. We built these solar cases to send out to the less fortunate, who don’t have sufficient light in their hospitals to deliver babies properly. Our solar suit cases are light in weight, easy to use, and highly effective. With the help of the other Green tech class, we were able to learn how to build these suit cases, assist people in need, and help them become eco-friendly all at the same time.”
Marsalis Wilson, 17, a senior at Inderkum High School in Natomas, CA, aspires to continue his education after high school and go on to obtain a college degree. He expresses a desire to study Environmental Engineering, Government and Political Science. He previously attended Natomas Charter Performing and Fine Arts Academy and focused his studies on general education, the art of Dance, Vocal, Theatre, and Music. Marsalis has participated in Green Tech activities since its inception in 2009. He’s attended multiple Green Tech Tours, classroom instruction and participated on the inaugrual Solar Case Project Team in 2011.
“The Green Tech program has helped me stay on a straighter path to pursuing my goals. Before I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to study in college and Green Tech helped me discover it”.
In 2010, Marsalis worked as a legislative intern in the California State Assembly. He is an Alpha Academy Ambassador and a former student member and volunteer of AmericaCorps. He plays golf, break dances, teaches dance, writes and performs standup comedy in his spare time.
Marsalis desires to make a national and global impact to society’s perception of sustainability and the clean energy industry.
Rashad Jelani Alton, 17, is a senior at Monterey Trail High School. He is scheduled to graduate with his diploma in Summer 2012. He is desirous of attending San Francisco State University to study Communications. Rashad has participated in the Green Tech Program since 2010. After completing the Solar Case project he has worked on critical green projects throughout the community with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Ubuntu Green.
A Red Belt in the South Korean martial art, Tae Kwon Do, Rashad expresses a strong interest in photography and has a certain command of the English language.
“Tae Kwon Do taught me leadership skills, discipline, and self defense. It was a great stress reliever for me as well.”
Rashad expresses his knowledge of the Clean Energy Economy from the Green Tech program and his gratitude of connecting him with professionals and potential employment opportunities through its extensive professional network. Rashad credits Green Tech with enhancing his strong leadership skills.