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Jennifer Hagerty

Confident student puts excuses aside and gets her GED. Now, she is studying to be a Nurse Practitioner.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – Jennifer Hagerty talks about her future in absolute terms. Without hesitation, the 2016 GED graduate and dual-enrolled student at Umpqua Community College (UCC) and Oregon State University says, “I’m going to be a nurse practitioner.”

After putting her education on hold to care for her mom, Jennifer found herself studying for GED tests in California only to have them canceled repeatedly. Not a good outcome for a woman who knew she wanted and needed a GED. Jennifer put those disappointments behind her after moving to Oregon a few years ago.

“I put excuses to the side and just did it,” she said.

Her first step back in to education was enrolling in the GED program through UCC’s Adult Basic Skills Department. The staff told her she could step back in—one test at a time. Early on, Jennifer says she didn’t believe in herself too much. But when she saw that the Wooley Center staff always did, she finally began to believe it, too. Last year, Jennifer graduated with her GED and then started working on pre-nursing classes like Math 95.

“Now I tell people, if I can do it, you can do it,” she said. “You’re not in a race with anyone. Go at your own pace. It’s not about when you finish, it’s about finishing.”

Jennifer’s personal motivation originally came from her kids. Now her success motivates them. Because of what she has accomplished, her son wants to go to college. Well on her way to a brighter future, she says “I’m not stepping back out of education until I’m done.”

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Jennifer benefitted from fee waivers and financial aid offered by UCC. For a limited time, students in adult basic skills classes can qualify for financial scholarships to help pay for GED class tuition, bus passes, and testing fees. For more information, call (541) 440-4603.

About Umpqua Community College

Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.


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Roseburg OR 97471

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