Student Success spotlight: Valerie Styles

Monday, April 6, 2020
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Valerie Styles dropped out of high school after becoming a young mother but never gave up her dream of getting her high school diploma. Thanks to her two daughters’ encouragement, she enrolled in the GED® Prep Program at Seminole State and earned her high school diploma. She returned to Seminole State and completed her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree and has now completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Business and Information Management, graduating Cum Laude. 

Styles credits her success to the help she received from departments across the College that helped her stay on track. She also credits sociology professor Baboucar Jobe, English professor Karen Feldman and math professor Daniel Gabilondo for their advice and encouragement. 

“Although it was difficult in the beginning, with the help that I received from the faculty and staff at Seminole State I was able to complete my classes and graduate with my bachelor’s degree. All the hard work was worth it.”

Valerie's dream is to continue using her information management skills at the College and to one day start her own Foundation scholarship for adult education students.

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