Brittany Fuller has a lot to be proud of given her many accomplishments over the past few years. Since 2015, Fuller has obtained an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC), completed a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in 2017, is raising her three-year-old daughter, recently purchased her own home and is employed. Brittany is also an alum of SWCC’s Great Expectations (GE) program where she worked as a program assistant. She is currently studying for her master’s degree at Liberty University.
Fuller’s path to success has not been easy. She entered the foster care system when her family’s substance abuse issues left them unable to care for her.
“Jennifer Roark, Southwest Community College’s Great Expectations Coordinator, came to my high school to talk to me about the GE program. Without it, I wouldn’t have gone as far as I have in college. It was a really good support for me when I didn’t have anyone. I really needed that,” said Fuller.
As a program assistant for SWCC’s GE program, Fuller saw firsthand the power that extra support can play in someone’s life.
“We impacted many students and helped them achieve their educational goals just by being there for them. The GE program helps students with gas cards and car repairs for those students who would not otherwise been able to make it to school. Car repair assistance is really crucial since our area has limited public transportation available,” Fuller observed.
Brittany continues to assist individuals withdraw from opioids as a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Cylinch Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center. Her work is new and hard but she recognizes the value in helping others have a second chance at a better life.
“It has been an absolute blessing to work with Brittany for the past five years,” said Dr. Roark. “She has grown and thrived in the Great Expectations program. She has learned many skills and had many new experiences. The best part of this experience was watching her transition from a high school graduate to a college graduate, and seeing her become such a wonderful role model and mentor to the other students. She has such a great ability to connect with others, and she will continue to changes lives her entire career.”
Congratulations Brittany and we look forward to seeing where life takes you!
Featured image: Brittany Fuller (l) and Dr. Jennifer Roark, SWCC’s Great Expectations Coordinator
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