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Recent ADP Grads Say 'Worth the Hard Work'

Courtney Young and Alexandra Harding have some common life experiences, including their recent completion of the Warren County Career Center Adult Education Phlebotomy program. Both are proud graduates of the WCCC Adult Diploma Program, an Ohio initiative that gives a pathway to success for individuals who need to earn a high school diploma and gain marketable job skills.

Courtney attended WCCC in high school, starting in Criminal Justice and switching to Marketing her senior year in 2011. She was only missing the required physical education credit to graduate when she became pregnant and left school. Now a mom of four young children, she decided to set an example for them and complete her diploma. She credits WCCC Director of Curriculum and Student Development Kim Gambill for encouraging her to enroll in the program. “I knew I needed my diploma,” she said. “Mrs. Gambill pushed me to do this. It’s all on her. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it, and I am very glad I did it!”

Alexandra also dropped out of high school in 2011, lacking one credit to graduate, and was also pregnant. She is a mother of two, and was working two jobs as a server to make ends meet. “My kids deserved a better life,” she said. “I feel like I accomplished exactly what I needed to accomplish. It was absolutely worth all the hard work.”

“Both of these young ladies had major obstacles to overcome,” WCCC Phlebotomy Instructor Jill Herold said. “They made excellent grades and saw this process as the next step in their future. I am very proud of them.”

Courtney was just hired by Miami Valley Hospital as a Phlebotomist, and Alexandra is applying for phlebotomy jobs now.

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