Our Parents’ Careers: How My Mom Went From Engineer to Small Business Owner

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My mother, Alice Cruz, has been in the military, started her own business, traveled to trade shows, been a stay-at-home mom, and worked as an engineer. Here’s her story, in her own words.

1973: Started college at The Ohio State University, but dropped out in part because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study.

1974: Joined the U.S. Air Force to have a way to pay for college, and my job in technical communications interested me in engineering. Left...

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