Karen Day – Speech Language Pathology Assistant

“Now, I feel like my future has endless possibilities. I am living [my] dream…”

When Karen Day dropped out of high school in the middle of her 10th grade year, she admits that her future
looked grim. But several years later, Day decided to take one small step that would change her life- enrolling
in Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Adult High SchoolKaren Day program to earn her diploma. After earning her high school diploma, Day took the next step, enrolling in CCC&TI’s Speech Language Pathology Assistant program and thrived. She became an active member of the SLPA club, served as Vice-President of the student group during her second year in the program and even received the SLPA Faculty Award upon her graduation.

Day says she was motivated and inspired by her younger sister and her son.“I didn’t have anyone in my family who had finished high school, much less that had graduated from college,” she says. “I wanted to be an example for my younger sister and show her that it was possible to succeed, even coming from our family.” In the same way, Day says she wanted to set a precedent for her son. “I knew that I had to get a college degree so that my son would have a better quality of life than I had.” Day’s hard work and that college degree are already giving Day a return on her investment. After graduation, she landed what she describes as her dream job, with a private company called Tar Heel Human Services, a speech language pathology practice located near Wilmington, NC. Day says she still has moments where even she is surprised by how that simple first step toward her high school diploma has impacted her life.

“Now, I feel like my future has endless possibilities,” she says. “I am living the dream that I had for myself when I started this journey three years ago…I look around, take a deep breath, and realize that all the work that I put into my education so far, was well worth it.”