Jessica Downie came to Mayland to start on her career path to becoming a nurse. First, she began in Mayland's Basic Skills Department...
Spring GED Graduation Speaker!
Jessica Downie came to Mayland to start on her career path to becoming a nurse. First, she began in Mayland's Basic Skills Department at the college's Avery Learning Center where she earned her GED. Currently, she is enrolled in curriculum classes that will help her become a nursing student at Mayland. Downie will share her experiences as the guest speaker during the 2012 spring GED graduation ceremony on May 4.
"I was scared because it had been so long since I had been in school, and I really didn't have confidence in myself," said Downie on returning to start on her GED. "As soon as I walked through the door at Mayland, everything became a lot easier because everyone was so nice and helpful. The teachers had so much confidence in me."
The Mayland Community College Learning Labs are currently celebrating 40 years (1972 - 2012) of adult education services to our local communities. Last fall the department set a goal to reach GED graduate number 7,300 before the upcoming May 4,2012, graduation. This worthy goal was attained, reflecting an average of 182 Mayland Community College GED graduates annually over a 40-year period.
Downie says she has always loved helping people and is intrigued by the medical field, so nursing seemed to be a good career fit for her. At first Downie said she was not sure what to expect when she enrolled in college, but with the support she received at Mayland from the Basic Skills Department to the curriculum side, her confidence has grown.
Downie will also be awarded the Rotary of Avery County Scholarship during the spring GED graduation ceremony.
"It is such an honor to receive this scholarship and will give me a chance to breathe while I am taking classes," said Downie. "For anyone considering going back to school, the resources to help you succeed are available. Whatever is holding you back, try to get past it and continue your education so you can be what it is that you want to be," said Downie. "
Downie resides in Avery County with her husband Andrew and two stepchildren Andi and Avery.
Mayland's Basic Skills Department will hold the spring GED graduation ceremony on May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sam Center Auditorium on the college's Mitchell Campus. Everyone is welcome to attend.