[Central Programs] Staying on Track: JerMonika's story

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CCC-OH-JerMonika-Graduation-PortraitJerMonika started Gateway to College having completed only her ninth grade year in high school. Two years later she graduated with her high school diploma, 34 hours of college credit, and a college GPA of 3.26.

JerMonika's journey in Gateway wasn't easy, but she faced challenges with courage and conviction.

"There were times that I didn't have a stable place to lay my head, but I didn't want to use that as an excuse. My resource specialist and the other Gateway staff have always been quick to help me in emergencies. They made sure I stayed on track," JerMonika said.

She's always been resolute in her reasons for wanting her high school diploma—she wanted to prove to everyone that she could do it and she wanted to feel proud when she finally received her diploma. She also knew she wanted more for her future, and that college was key to getting where she wanted to go in life. Gateway was the perfect fit for her needs, and her dreams.

JerMonika will complete her associate's degree at Tri-C and then transfer to earn a bachelor's degree in sociology/social work. She hopes to one day run a group home for displaced children.

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