Asset Builders Program

Christina Buie thought that becoming a cosmetologist would be a good way to support her family, but she soon realized that she had greater aspirations. She always loved going to school and knew that earning a college degree would put her on the path toward a career with greater opportunities. She decided on a career in education and teaching, which would also let her have the same schedule as her sons, ages five and two.

Since her family earned only a single income, Christina wasn’t sure how she would pay for the Praxis exam, which is required for teaching certification in Arkansas. Then she was introduced to the Career Pathways program in Helena-West Helena.

“The staff worked really hard to help me with the test,” says Christina.” It was a long process and a struggle, but with everyone’s help, I paid for the test and passed it.”

Christina graduated with honors from Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in May with an Associate of Arts degree in general education. She is now enrolled in Arkansas State University as the next step on her path to becoming a high school biology teacher.

“My advice to others hoping to build a better career is to believe in yourself and know that you can do what you put your mind to,” Christina says with a proud smile.

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