When Timothy Woodiwiss dropped out of high school after ninth grade, he thought he might become the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Ritzville.
He started working full time in 2002 at age 16 and was promoted to McDonald’s shift manager when he was 17.
He earned a GED at Big Bend Community College, but only because the state would not allow him to work full time at the age of 16 without a GED.
After three years working at McDonald’s, Woodiwiss found the courage to attend BBCC. He sat in his car trembling with fear on the first day of classes in spring of 2006.
“I was sure a teacher would ask me a question and everyone would know I was an idiot,” he said. ““It could have gone south at that moment if I had given in to my fears.”