GED passer is 'full-speed ahead' on the path to her nursing degree

Care for others brought Samantha Howald of Belleville to the Southwestern Illinois College Nursing Education program. It was SWIC Adult Basic Education staff and classes that helped the 27-year-old earn her GED in 2010 and transition to college credit classes.  

"I always knew that I wanted to help people. I just wasn't always sure how I would do that," Howald said. "Brenda Futrell from the Adult Basic Education department was truly instrumental in my success along the way. She guided me on the numerous programs to assist students at SWIC and helped me determine my career path."

The support she received from her GED faculty helped her move into credit classes, she added. Howald left school in the sixth grade so she received her primary math education from her SWIC GED instructors. Their compassion led to her success, she notes.

She plans to graduate this coming May with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing Education. She plans to seek employment and then go on to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing.

To learn more about the GED program, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5525.