It wasn’t so long ago that Katherine Haley awoke in rehab, alone, miles from her hometown in New Hampshire with nothing but a scary and uncertain future.
What Katie did have was an inspiration to do more and to do better – maybe from the years that she loved learning and going to school, maybe from her mom who read poetry to Katie as a child, or her dad who gave her a love for science. Whatever it was, Katie went from homeless and addicted, to a young woman with a college degree and a bright future ahead. Read Katie's story.
Elvis dos Santos
Elvis dos Santos excelled in high school in Cape Verde, but coming to America meant he’d have to learn to speak English before he could pursue higher education and his dream of becoming a doctor.
In 2021, Elvis graduated from Bristol with an associate degree in liberal arts, math and science transfer. He is now enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he is studying chemistry and is on his path to medical school. Read Elvis' story.
A new industry and a local training program sparked the interest of Pat Cassidy to put his sea legs and capable hands to good use and pivot to a new emerging career in offshore wind.
He is enrolled in the Bristol Community College Wind Power Technology Certificate program – a collaboration between Bristol, Adult & Community Education (ACEMV) and Vineyard Power Cooperative – that will enable him to enter a “really exciting industry,” he said. Read Pat's story.
Ashtosh Bhandari hasn’t yet graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School, but he’s not letting that stop him from earning college credit. The high school senior has already completed several classes at Bristol Community College as part of Bristol’s College Access Dual Enrollment program.
The College Access Dual Enrollment program allows high school students from more than 30 districts to complete courses at Bristol and eventually attain an early college degree. Read Ashtosh's story.
Once the crockpot is filled and set to low and the kids are dropped at school, Magielette Hudson hits the highway bound for a bachelor’s degree at Bryant University.
“I’m just running on coffee all the time,” Magie said with a giggle. But Magie is exhilarated by her promising future — fueled by her success at Bristol Community College. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in business administration in 2021. And she’s willing to do what it takes to continue her education. Read Magie's story.
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