Jake Tucker, a Mt. SAC alum and now a project engineer with Ceiling Plus in Los Angeles, is the subject of a 30-minute “Launch Point”vocational series episode that will air for the first time on Sunday, May 25, and again on Tuesday, May 27.
The episode, “U-Turn,” focuses on how Jake overcame substance abuse, run-ins with the police, and even time in a mental hospital to turn his life around.
“It was right then that I knew something was wrong, and I saw there was an opportunity to change,”Jake said about an incident when he was shot by police with a taser gun during a drug-fueled rampage and was later taken by police to a mental hospital.
Afterward, he enrolled at Mt. SAC in 2007 and began to pull the pieces of his life back together. A member of Mt. SAC’s Class of 2010, Jake earned an associate’s degree in engineering design technology.
Produced by the Canadian company Edge Factor, “Launch Point” is a series of true life stories designed to encourage young people in the vocational fields.
“U-Turn”debuts Sunday, May 25, at 8 p.m. and again 8:30 p.m. on the Cox Cable Channel 7 in Arizona with live streaming available locally at http://cox7.com. The program will rebroadcast on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.