Guilford Technical Community College

Instructor Jill Caudill, right, demonstrates tig plate welding during a class at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Madeline Gray / For WUNC

The sounds of high-pitched drills fill the welding department of Guilford Technical Community College on a recent morning. Sparks fly and sweat drips from the faces of students as they work to fuse metal pieces together for a class project.

Candice Olds
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

This is the second story in a series of four about the barriers people face when trying to get out of poverty. This installment introduces us to a single mother in the Triad area trying to get out of poverty by furthering her education.