Monica Del Rio is not only completing her General Educational Development (GED) test preparation this semester, but she also successfully earned a certificate of completion for Certified Nurse Aide during the same semester.
“You get stuck in life without it,” Monica said when asked about obtaining her GED.
Monica dropped out of school when she was in the 8th grade. Education was not stressed as a priority growing up. It was more important for her to work and help support her family. “We never had opportunities,” she said.
Monica is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her temperament and personality make her a good fit for the the healthcare profession.
“This isn’t for everyone,” said Margaret Harris, Associate Vice President of the Adult Literacy program.
“Our charge is to create a community of learners, and impact their family as well,” said Margaret. “The GED training is just a path for Monica. We don’t want her to stop there. She has a strong commitment to continue.”
Monica’s husband is also enrolled in the GED program. They have a 7-year old daughter. “Our family studies together,” said Monica.
“I am thankful to Mrs. Harris for suggesting opportunities such as the KanGo grant (for my CNA course). Mrs. Harris has opened doors for me.”