Mother, daughter celebrate diploma together
Recent Haywood Community College High School Equivalency Diploma graduates Cindy and Shelby Smith share a similar story with other. The mother/daughter duo found their life circumstances to be a lot alike with both dropping out of high school as teenagers, yet both knowing the importance of an education. Going through the High School Equivalency Diploma program together was a way the two could encourage each other to reach their goals and to celebrate their accomplishments together.
Mom Cindy Smith came to the Adult Education program at HCC years ago, but eventually dropped out completely. Daughter Shelby quickly realized that education was the key to a good job and furthering her career. Both Smiths worked full-time while enrolled in the program and Shelby juggled raising her young child at the same time. In addition, she completed CNA classes at HCC simultaneously.
"The hours of the Adult Education Department worked great for me," said Shelby. "After working all day, I could come to classes in the evening. I enjoyed working at my own pace and getting support from the instructors."
Cindy says she appreciated the encouragement she got from her daughter.
"The math portion really scared me, but going through it with Shelby helped a lot," said Cindy. "We encouraged each other."
Now Shelby is considering furthering her education in the nursing field.
"Coming back to school was very much worth it," said Shelby. "I have never been so happy for myself and my mom."
"This is something I wanted to do," said Cindy. "I wanted to be proud of myself."
HCC’s High School Equivalency Diploma program offers adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to earn their high school credential. Students may enroll in day, evening, or online courses. For more information, call 627-4648.