Our Students and Alumni Pursue Incredible Journeys
All of our students have a unique story to tell. Many start out at Garrett College with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university. A large percentage of our students are the first in their family to attend college. Others seek to advance their career by learning a new skill.
These stories represent journeys of overcoming personal challenges, defining and achieving success, and discovering true passions.
Major: Adult Basic Education
Hometown: Oakland, Md.
Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Kathy, I’m 62 years old, married and I work at Mountain Haven Wellness and Recovery Center as a coordinator.
For many years, after quitting high school, it had been my goal to obtain my diploma. Life took a different direction with many personal struggles and trying to raise a family, my goal was forgotten.
After a while, I came to realize that it was time to pursue my dream! I enrolled in ABE classes through Garrett Community College. With work and family being a huge role in my busy life the ABE classes helped me score high enough to enroll in the National Diploma Program, (NEDP).
In March of 2020, I was on my way to learning new skills that I never thought were possible, with very little computer knowledge. For example, making a Power Point or learning how to take a screen shot. With the pandemic at its height, the classes started with learning to use ZOOM, another skill I’d use at my job.