Beaver is a single mother of three who recently achieved her long-term goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. This has been a long process for Melissa, but a very rewarding one. Along the way to graduation she attained many accolades including: National Dean’s List, President’s Scholar, Above National Average on CAPP Exam (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency), and RN Faculty Award for Critical Thinking all the while keeping a 3.63 GPA. Melissa is also a CPR instructor, and a Certified Instructor of ACTS Program (Alcohol/Chemical Treatment Series).

She plans on completing other goals including achieving WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, Continent nurse) certification, and raising horses to be used therapeutically. Melissa feels without Career Pathways coming along when it did she would not have been able to finish her goal. She had to travel an hour each way to attend class and the rising cost of transportation had put too much strain on a struggling family’s resources. She was able to access Career Pathway’s transportation assistance and continue through the end to graduation, also receiving help to pay for her costly certification and year-end tests. She has a lot to be proud of, so does Southeast Arkansas College and Career Pathways.

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