Career Pathways Participant

Gwen Davis had been working at her job for 11 years but saw no real future with the company. While talking to an advisor about her desires to do something more rewarding, she was encouraged to enroll at Phillips Community College. Her concern with the cost of going back to school prompted her advisor to refer her to someone in the Career Pathways program. After meeting with the Career Pathways counselor, Mrs. Davis learned not only that her tuition and books would be paid by the program; she was also eligible for transportation assistance. In August 2006, she enrolled in the nursing program and has never looked back.

Married and a mother of four boys ages 15, 14, 10, and 5; Mrs. Davis knew that it was not going to be easy. “My hardest struggle was losing many, many hours of sleep; studying for tests and managing to function the next day,” said Mrs. Davis. With the support of her family, Career Pathways, and many others, she graduated in May 2008.

Her short term goals are to pass the NCLEX and start working in her chosen field in order to move on to her long term goals. “I have to work at least 2,000 hours in the nursing field, and then I will apply for the Nurse Practitioner program through UAMS in Family Practice,” said Mrs. Davis. She also offers advice to others who are pursuing their dreams. “When you enter, go in with the mindset that no one is going to stop you from achieving your dreams. Know that the staff of the Southern program is really helpful and resourceful. If you have any questions concerning anything, please open your mouth and ask.” She adds, “Always, always do your best!”

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