Nursing had always been on Ashley Denhard’s radar, even when she pursued and earned a degree in communications in 2006. But she never really connected to that field and instead worked as a restaurant manager. Her desire to pursue a nursing career was sparked after she had her children.
Working toward a college degree can be stressful in the best of circumstances. Add in two small children, a tight budget and 50-hour work weeks, and the difficulty soars off the charts.
“I had to manage many obstacles while in the program,” Ashley said. “My husband is a firefighter/paramedic who worked two additional jobs to make ends meet since I couldn’t work, go to school full time, and care for our two young children … and keep my sanity.”
David Millar and his sister grew up in a single-parent household in Plantation. Although money was tight, higher education was always on his radar. His interest in engineering was sparked in high school, where he found success in engineering-related classes. Through South Plantation High School’s strong curriculum complemented by hands-on projects – from building toothpick roller-coasters to designing battle robots – David learned about every field of engineering.
Andre Crawford, who grew up in Hollywood, always loved music, thanks to his father, a musician.
But Andre would be the first to say he wasn’t much of a student in high school. He was the class clown, who blew off his homework, skipped school and regularly was called to the dean’s office.
And with a 1.4 grade point average, he almost didn’t graduate.