Ashley Hill is taking a systematic approach to her post-secondary education.
After leaving high school just a couple of credits short of graduating, the now 25-year-old returned to the classroom to get her Grade 12 diploma through Grand Erie Learning Alternatives (GELA).
The mother of two also completed all the requirements of LEAP, Learning, Earning and Parenting – an employment program through Ontario Works Brant, which supports young parents under the age of 26 to overcome the barriers they face to earn their high school diploma.
“She worked closely with the (GELA) administrator and her fellow students to request additional credits – including chemistry -- be offered to secure better chances when applying to post-secondary education,” said Courtney Montgomery of Ontario Works who nominated Ashley as an Education WORKS Champion.
“She made sure she was on the road to success with her credits and tests. She had excellent attendance, drive and ambition that made her successful.”
Ashley now has plans to study a year of general arts and sciences at college before she makes a decision about taking a course either in paramedics, nursing, or registered nurse practitioner.
“I think a lot of people get into college courses unprepared,” said Ashley. “I don’t want to do that.”
Taking some time to be with her children, aged four and three, before enrolling in college in the fall, Ashley said she already speaks to them often about the importance of education.
“You have to go into a field you enjoy and where you will feel happy every day. There are so many opportunities here education-wise. I know I took it for granted. I want my children to respect me and be proud of me for my choices the way I will be proud of them for theirs. I’m setting high standards for them.”
Photo by Brian Thompson, Brantford Expositor