Less than a year ago, Molly Collins found herself homeless with no prospects for a better life.
“I made some bad choices,” she admits, including dropping out of school after eighth grade. Her only work experience was six weeks with a temporary staffing agency.
Then a friend challenged her to take charge and do something with her life. Although she was terrified, Molly decided to earn her GED. She enrolled in the GED Fast Track program at Lower Columbia College.
“It was hard, but I didn't want to end up in a dead end job and I was tired of being at the bottom,” she said.
By late November Molly reached the first of many milestones, attending her GED Graduation where she was also a student speaker. Now she’s in her finishing her first year as a college student at LCC, working toward an associate’s degree with a focus on psychology and she made the Dean’s list. Other firsts – bought her first car; rented her first apartment and just got hired for her first job. Her goal is a college degree and a career as a mental health counselor helping others in our community, with stories similar to her own, to turn their lives around.
Cami Woods left high school in her junior year, married and had three sons before coming to LCC to earn her GED.
Then she enrolled in college , graduated with her Associate in Arts transfer degree, and received the most prestigious scholarship awarded nationally to community college transfer students. The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship funded $30,000 a year for Cami to pursue her goal of becoming a lawyer. She is currently attending law school at Brigham Young University.
Dan Davidson left high school to work in his family’s logging contracting business.
Almost 20 years later, he came to LCC to earn his GED and continued on to complete technical training related to his previous work. Even with two decades of experience repairing heavy equipment, Dan discovered he could have saved thousands of dollars over the years in the business if he had completed technical training first.
In June of 2011 Noah Smith visited Lower Columbia College for the first time, anxious about the task before him. He'd been turned down for a promotion because he never graduated high school, and he'd kept it a secret from his family and friends for years.
Weeks later, Noah stood at the testing window again, awaiting the results of his first
"I was scared to death," he said, "I remember throwing up in the parking lot before I got here."
I thought he was kidding when he warned he would burst into tears if he passed his tests. Noah proved me wrong in an exciting display of emotion and relief. It was a fun twist of events that seldom occurs in testing. He called me around to the window because he "just needed a hug," and proceeded to explain what a big deal this was. He was going to be a dad soon, and he couldn’t believe he was going to be a college student, setting a great example for his future child. Read more >>
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