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Keisha's Story: A Dual Credit Success

By Keisha, recent Archbishop Romero Graduate

KeishaBefore I started the Dual Credit program, I was not focussed on school.  I let my personal issues distract me.   Eventually, I found myself in the expulsion program at Archbishop Romero’s New Directions South Campus and I knew I needed to do something to turn my life around. I had a goal and I knew I needed to go in a different direction to achieve it.  When my teachers told me about the dual credit program – School Within a College (SWAC) - at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus near Square One, I knew immediately that this was the program to get me back on the right track to achieving my goals.

I started at the S.W.A.C. dual credit program in September 2011. So many things about the program worked for me.  Being on campus full time motivated me to succeed. I was surrounded by likeminded students who were there to achieve their goals. The flexible schedule prevented my personal issues from getting in the way of my academic success.  Having the same 2 teachers all day, every day, was key to my success. The teachers gave me an incredible amount of individual time and support.  My academic success in my college classes let me know I WAS college material. 

After being at Sheridan for the fall semester, I knew that this was the college for me.  I graduated from Archbishop Romero Secondary in January of 2012 and, before my semester was over, had applied to Sheridan’s Medical Administration Program. I am now attending Sheridan College and I am getting 80’s and 90’s in all my courses.   I am proud of the path I am on. 

I owe my success to the dual credit SWAC program and my teachers. It made the difference to my being in college and succeeding.  I am doing what I dreamed of doing all my life and I am doing it well!

Thank you Archbishop Romero!

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