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Breanna Williams – Success Story

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Breanna Williams of Nottoway County recently obtained her GED® certificate through Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC), but the road to her goal was not always easy. Breanna left high school before graduating due to a lack of support and feeling incomplete. She gained experience in the workforce being a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and working for Amazon for a short time.

Lacking a sense of direction and with self-doubt keeping her from completing her GED®, she realized she needed to clear everything away that was not important, focus on the present, and control what she could to shape herself into a better person. Shortly thereafter, she began working towards completing the equivalency diploma.

When asked to talk about her experiences with the Adult Education/GED® preparation classes, Breanna stated, “I actually loved this class because I had more than just support; I had love also. My instructor was my English teacher from high school, (Mrs. Hickman) and she played a huge part in my whole experience in the program. She kept reminding me of how far I’ve actually come, and that will stick with me and be in my heart forever!”

Now that Breanna has her GED®, many doors have opened, and she is excited about the future.  She plans to enroll in SVCC’s Truck Driver Training program and earn her Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

She stated, “Either way it goes from now on, I will always do anything that comes from the heart and not because I want a paycheck. Love will keep you young, and I want my career based solely on helping the homeless, donating to charities, keeping babies and children as healthy as possible, and making people’s dreams come true! More like an activist all while driving a truck.”

Breanna explained that the process of completing her new high school-level education impacted her relationship with her son. “Coming to class at first was pretty decent; I had a little help. But every day I left home to come to class my desire to graduate grew a little bit more. My son made me start to view myself in different lights, and I started to ask myself personal questions like: “Is this what I really want to keep doing in life? Is this what I want my son to learn about me? Is this what I really want to pass down to my son? Is it possible to go higher than the normal person that graduates?”

Breanna has advice for today’s teenagers who may be thinking of leaving high school: “Do you want to win or do you want to WIN WIN?! There is a huge difference between the two. Do you want to get hired, or do you want to be the one doing the hiring and owning your own business? You need a degree or a GED® for good jobs. No more settling for less!”

Breanna also had advice for adults returning to the classroom also. 

She said,  “Since we all are grown, always keep your mind clear and sure of what you want out of life. No need to hesitate on it anymore, just go! Take that risk you were always dying to take. What can honestly happen when you aim higher than your comfort zone?”

SVCC offers FREE GED classes throughout 10 different counties at many convenient locations. Please contact Lois Hicks at 434-736-2048 for more information.

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