Posted: September 7, 2012
BRUNSWICK WOMAN BUILDING A BRIGHT FUTURE AT MIDPOINT CAMPUS CENTER
A few years ago, Dee Ann Powell was down on her luck and worrying about how she would provide for her daughter. Today, she’s on the road to bright and promising future in the respiratory field.
In December, Powell will earn an associate’s degree in respiratory technology from Bowling Green State University through Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.
“LCCC and The University Partnership have changed my life,” Powell said. “I now look forward to a great career.”
After a divorce in 2008, Powell and her daughter moved from California to Brunswick, near where Powell grew up. With no job and hiring freezes everywhere she looked, Powell wasn’t sure what to do. That’s when a friend introduced her to the Midpoint Campus Center in Brunswick. However, enrolling in college was not what Powell had in mind for herself.
“I thought there was no way that I could go to college. I thought, ‘I’m too old. I’m a single mom. I don’t have the money to go, and I’m definitely not smart enough,’” Powell recalled.
An encounter at Midpoint Campus Center changed all that. Powell tagged along with her friend to run errands one day and Midpoint Campus Center was on the list. While in the lobby, Powell struck up a conversation with the women working the desk, who encouraged Powell to enroll.
“I gave them all my reasons about why I could not be a college student,” Powell said. “They had an answer to each one of my excuses and before I knew it, I was filling out paper work, taking the placement test and registering for courses.”
Powell took several LCCC courses at Midpoint Campus Center, taking advantage of classes close to home. She excelled in her coursework and was named to the Dean’s List each semester. She then enrolled in the respiratory care program through LCCC’s University Partnership and is looking forward to earning an associate’s degree.
“Midpoint Campus Center was the right start for me. From the wonderful, caring staff to the state of the art classrooms, to the endless opportunities, it was the best choice for me.”
Though the path has not always been easy, Powell said, it has been worth it to show her daughter the importance of education and hard work.
“As a single mom, I’m proud to have set a great example for my daughter and showed her that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible,” Powell said.
For more information on LCCC programs available at Midpoint Campus Center, visit http://www.midpointcampus.com/.