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Nursing Dream Comes True! - Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson began attending College of The Albemarle in 1982. She received a certificate for Nurse’s Aide Training in 1989 and worked as a certified nurse’s assistant in long term care for approximately 16 years. In 2004, Jackson re-enrolled at COA and began taking general education courses. She became one step closer to fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse when she graduated Cum Laude with an Associate’s Degree in General Education in 2007. From there, Jackson was accepted into COA’s Practical Nursing Program in which she graduated with a Nursing Diploma in 2008.    During her time at COA, Jackson was on the Dean’s List, inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and won a National Collegiate All American Scholar Award. She is presently continuing her education by way of online studies, working towards an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and working as a nurse in long term care.   When asked about her experience at College of The Albemarle, Jackson stated, “I am thankful for the many resources made available to help me succeed, the short distance in traveling, smaller classes and the many intelligent and helpful instructors and staff. COA would be an excellent start for anyone seeking a dream of higher education. With hard work and perseverance, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. College of The Albemarle can help with that dream.”
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