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Irene Varney

Irene Varney

Working mom

Location: Jamestown, NC
Degree / Program: General Studies

The GTCC eLearning program has made it possible for me to get a college education. Six years ago, I dropped out of college when I found out that I was pregnant. Since then, there was the ever-present qualm that I could be doing more for my family. I knew that I was putting my dreams on the backburner, and the more I wait - the more impossible they seem. Although motherhood is fulfilling, I needed a degree for bigger opportunities. With working full-time and raising young children, I knew that I would never be able to attend regular college classes. When my company starting outsourcing jobs, I knew I may need to prepare for changes. That’s when I applied for the eLearning program. Before I knew it, I was doing classwork each night in my pajamas while my children slept. I was also able to keep my job because my employers saw potential in my hard work and new skills. When I graduate this spring, I can’t wait to look into the crowd and see my family cheering me on. The GTCC eLearning program makes it possible for young mothers, like me, to have it all. We no longer have to choose between family and career. If you can bring a child into the world, you make it a better place too.