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Meet Christie: Virtual Student with a Full-Time Job

“[HACC] has proven to me that I can succeed in college even when the odds are against me.”

At one point in her life, Christie Bathurst believed college was out of the question.

“I grew up with a special needs sister, so money was tight. There were no funds for college so I thought it was impossible. I moved away from home when I was 20 and lived with friends, got my own place when I was 22, had a full-time job and fully supported myself.”

If HACC was not an option, Christie said she probably “would just keep working in the factory on the production floor as a career.”

Since HACC is an option, Christie can take business classes online and continue to work a full-time job that supports her independence. She said, “I chose HACC because it’s affordable, close by if I need to go in and talk to professors and very flexible with my work schedule.”  

Christie has turned challenges into opportunities. “Having a full-time job, my own apartment and going through school makes me learn to appreciate life,” she said.

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