School: Springfield Technical Community College
Degree: Business administration/marketing
At 23, Edilena left her native Brazil to complete an English language course in Florida. Moving to Massachusetts, she enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), first in the ESL program and then in the Business Administration program with a concentration in Marketing. A successful entrepreneur, Edilena opened LS Cleaning Service, a residential and commercial cleaning service with 10 full-time employees and 3 part-time employees. She will soon hire 10 additional 10 employees.
While at STCC, Edilena founded a non-profit organization called “”Brasileirinhos”” to offer free classes, legal assistance, and counseling to Portuguese-speaking families. She plans to earn a Bachelor’s degree at Western New England University and continue on for an MBA. She is the recipient of a regional Grinspoon Spirit Award for entrepreneurship.