Jemmie worked for ten years as an elementary school teacher in her home of Antigua, but was inspired by a newfound love of computer systems to return to school. She knew that American community colleges offered the type of education for adult students that she needed, so she cashed in her retirement savings and made the brave move to Howard County with her husband and ten-year-old son. Now, the big risk has paid off and Jemmie has graduated with an AA and works at HCC’s Technology Helpdesk!
Reflecting on the big risk she took in moving to the states, Jemmie says that she learned “the importance of dreaming big, thinking big, and sacrificing big” in pursuit of her goals. Since making those sacrifices to attend HCC, Jemmie has given back to the community that embraced her, contributing to service projects at such events as the Blackbird Poetry Festival. She also maintained a high grade point average, joined the Schoenbrodt Honors Program, and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Now, Jemmie has graduated with an associate of arts and will soon graduate with a second associate of science in information systems management. She has already found employment at HCC’s own Technology Helpdesk! Jemmie says, “I would encourage any adult who is not sure about if they can sit in a class with teenagers to try HCC. It’s made for whomever wants to learn.”