Career Pathways Participant

DeLoris Baker was beginning to see her dream of completing her education being put on hold a second time until she saw an article in the newspaper about Career Pathways. At the time, this mother of four young adults was in between jobs, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue her education. Career Pathways assisted Ms. Baker by paying her tuition and providing books and gas vouchers for transportation assistance. She stated that her participation in the program has helped make a brighter future possible.

Ms. Baker graduated from Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in May 2006 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood education. She is currently doing her student teaching at J F Wahl Elementary school. In May 2008, Ms. Baker will receive her Bachelors from UAM in Early Childhood education along with one of her daughters, to whom she also recommended Career Pathways. She plans to teach in the Helena-West Helena school district and go on to get her Masters in Education.

“My advice to others,” says Ms Baker, “is to take advantage of this program and don’t give up. If there are problems, talk to the program advisors who are always there to help by giving advice and support.” She encourages students to hang in there and work with the program to help make change in your life possible.

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