With no father to guide him, Jerome fell into a place where he was being identified as a nothing, not more valuable than his clothes. He quit school and made some bad decisions that led to eight long years in jail. Jerome was determined to turn his life around with a CDL license so he could support himself upon re-entry — and for a long time. He had been stabbed and shot and knew he was getting older; this job could support him as he aged. Now he wants to save up enough money to start his own business and employ future VTC graduates.