Tough Journey, Worth It - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Tough Journey, Worth It

Earning a college degree is a tough journey, but worth it. Earning a college degree while still in high school, however, can be a little more challenging. It takes hard work and dedication to make it happen, but every year many local high school students do just that. Whether they are transferring to a university or starting their career immediately after high school, these students put themselves way ahead of their peers.

Early College High School (ECHS) senior Laila Chambers is one of those students. On Thursday, May 12 she graduated from Cleveland Community College with an Associate in Science degree and a Nurse Aide II certificate. In a few weeks she will receive her high school diploma.

“It has been stressful, but I was able to push through with help from family, friends and my teachers,” said Chambers.

Chambers is the first ECHS student to earn Nurse Aide I and II certificates, but she won’t be the last. Instructor Judy Dover says three more ECHS students are now on the same pathway.

Completing her associate degree and earning the nurse aide certificates are all part of Chambers’ plan to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA I), and already has a new full-time job lined up for the summer, working as a CNA II.

In the fall Chambers will attend North Carolina A&T University, majoring in nursing.