Spanish, People Skills Lead Scholar to Job at Mercedes

With a new interest in meeting people and her ability to speak Spanish, Cecilia Benitez-Degante was in the right place at the right time when a Mercedes-Benz customer was having difficulty communicating with personnel at the car dealership.

“The person needed translation help, and I was able to help. That sealed the deal,” says Benitez-Degante regarding an offer by Mercedes-Benz to come work for them in the customer service department. The Omaha South junior has discovered early how much difference Avenue Scholars Foundation can make in her life. “Without this program, I did not think I would have a good opportunity for college,” she said.

After attending a leadership conference at UNO recently, she “learned about taking risks. Now, I like to meet and talk to other people. It [ASF] has shown me to find more interests and to take advantage of opportunities.”

Benitez-Degante hopes to attend college. She is thinking of some day opening a body shop with her brother, or becoming a business manager. She looks forward to working at Mercedes. “I like the environment there,” she said. “They are good people, and they all get along.”