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These notes give you hints about how to use what you know in better and more creative ways. 21 st Centur y Content You study reading, math, science, and social studies. You also need to learn about the world of work and your community. These notes tell you about business and money. They also give you ideas about how you can help yourself, your community, and the world. Life & Career Skills These notes tell you about skills you will use throughout your life. They give you ideas about how to work well with others, make good decisions, and achieve your goals in life.

Ellen is valedictorian at Grossmont High School.  Ochoa receives her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.  NASA launches Columbia, the first space shuttle to travel into space and return to Earth. Ochoa receives her master’s degree from Stanford University.  Sally Ride becomes the first woman to travel into space.  Ochoa receives her doctorate from Stanford University and begins her first job at Sandia National Laboratories as a research engineer.  Ochoa trains for and receives her pilot’s license to fly small airplanes.

But Ochoa tells girls that they can succeed in whatever they hope to do if they work hard. While there were not very many women in her engineering classes at Stanford, she says there are lots of women working at NASA. 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY When Ochoa became an astronaut, she probably wasn’t thinking that the 1993 STS-56 mission would make her the first Latina in space—but it did. Some books call her the first Hispanic American woman astronaut in space; others say she is the first Latina. Both of these refer to the fact that Ochoa’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Mexico.

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