Kelsie Crossman began studying at Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) Middle College program in the summer of 2013 with the goal of getting her GED certificate. Crossman excelled in the community college environment, receiving her GED, Career Readiness Certificate at a gold level and an associate degree in science this past May.
Homeschooled for much of her life, Crossman spent her time working on her family farm in Kansas. “We eventually moved to Washington State where I basically took care of our orchard, garden, animals and many other things. It was a hard job,” said Crossman.
Crossman embraced community college life, serving on the Presidential Student Leadership Cabinet, headed by PHCC President Angeline Godwin. Many of Crossman’s instructors and professors commented on how much she has grown both academically and personally over the past couple years.
“We are so happy to have had a small part in Kelsie’s continued success in overcoming barriers,” said Christy Yaple, director of Middle College and Great Expectations at PHCC. “She has made tremendous strides forward, and there is no doubt in my mind that she will accomplish her goals and achieve her dreams.”
Crossman credits much of her success to the tutoring she receive from Gloria Craddock, a Middle College retention specialist at PHCC and the accelerated classes that allowed her to graduate this May.
Looking to the future, Crossman said she wants to study biology to eventually work in the fields of genetics, virology or immunology. Crossman was 13 years old when DNA sparked an interest for her.
“I watched those ‘True Crime’ shows on television that focused on cold case files where they spoke about DNA evidence and how it was linked,” she said. “I always thought I wanted to be a DNA analyst, but when I came to PHCC, that opened my eyes to other fields.”
Crossman is considering attending Virginia Commonwealth University and has also been accepted at Virginia Tech.
Virginia’s Community Colleges Middle College program helps young adults who do not finish high school regain their footing and chart a course for a promising future. Middle College is designed to help 18 to 24-year olds earn their GED while simultaneously developing the skills they need for a rewarding career.
This story was submitted by Kris Landrum, Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Patrick Henry Community College.
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