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ADP Grad Finds Successful Career

Courtney Young and family

Courtney Young completed the Warren County Career Center Aspire Adult Diploma program in November 2017, earning certification as a Phlebotomy Technician along with her high school diploma. She works as a phlebotomist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “I absolutely love it,” she said about her job. “It’s a dream come true working with children and their parents. I care about others, and I love what I do there.”

Now, Young has plans to continue her education, again at WCCC in the Adult Medical Assisting program. But school, and life, wasn’t always easy for her. “I should have graduated high school in 2011,” she said. “I went to the career center in my junior year, and dropped out in my senior year. I wouldn’t be who I am today without Mrs. (Kim) Gambill, who never gave up on me, even when I gave up on myself.”

Gambill, director at WCCC’s Greentree Health Science Academy, remembered Young from high school, and was happy to hear from her seven years later when she called and asked for help. 

“I felt trapped,” Young said. “Dropping out of high school really limited me in what I could do with my life and my career. I never had a satisfying job. In that seven years I was out of school, I learned a lot, that I made a wrong choice and was paying for it. One day I was really down, I felt so trapped, so I reached out to Mrs. Gambill, and asked if there was anything I could do to move forward. She told me about the adult diploma program and set me up to get enrolled. I had no idea about the ADP. It was a life-changing program.”

In about seven months, Young attended Aspire classes to get her academic knowledge refreshed, and completed the adult Phlebotomy Technician program to earn her certification. Her husband, Dylan, was inspired to also take an adult course and he completed the Electrical Power Line Mechanic program that same year. They were both recognized at the 2018 WCCC Adult Recognition Ceremony for their accomplishments. Young recommends the Adult Diploma Program to anyone who does not have a high school diploma.

“People don’t realize how awesome an opportunity this is,” she said. “I thought it would be hard, even impossible, but it wasn’t. (Coordinator) Dr. Orloff and my instructor took the time, and got me through it. I loved being there because of them. It was life changing. I hope someone sees this and says, ‘I can do that.’ It changed my life around, and opened doors for me to get a job. I used to be embarrassed that I didn’t have my diploma. I am a mother of four, so this was terrifying to me. But the hours were perfect. I encourage anyone, to get in there and change your life!”

To learn more about the WCCC Aspire Adult Diploma Program, contact our Aspire office at 513-695-2987, or email: [email protected] 

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