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Shamia's Story

Shamia was attending the LPN orientation at Bucks County Community College. There, she learned about the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s ES program. She worked full time and is the mother to  a young daughter. She was intrigued by the program and thought it could be beneficial for her to be apart of it. Shamia contacted BCOC for more information. That same week she met with a coach and designed a plan suitable to fit her needs to get her to self-sufficiency.

Shamia expressed to Mary, her self-sufficincey coach, that she wanted to change her current living situation. She lived in an environment she didn’t want her daughter exposed to. Shamia explained that she knew a woman who was an older friend whom she had developed a trusting relationship with. Her friend suggested Shamia and her daughter temporarily stay in her home while she attended school. She contemplated the idea and decided it would be the right fit. While enrolled in the ES program, Shamia was a participated in our first ever virtual Getting ahead class. She thought the class was insightful and enjoyed connecting with other clients that shared common struggles

Shamia sustained working and attending school both full time.There was concern in the beginning that she was overextended herself, but she demonstrated beyond a doubt that she was capable. Shamia surpassed expectations in school and graduated best in class. She also passed the NCLEX exam on her first try. She is anxiously waiting for her license to arrive, then she will be ready to search for employment as an LPN. She is now settled in her own apartment and looking forward to a bright future

Shamia expressed, "diligence is the key to success."