Student Spotlight: Kimberly Jackson
Major: Computer Information
Kimberly Jackson always thought about going to college, but it wasn't an option.
Her father died right before she started eighth grade. With seven siblings, Jackson got a job after high school. She took one business class at Moraine Valley Community College, but that was it.
More than 20 years later, she's finally fulfilled her desire to earn a college degree -- although it was not easy.
"You feel that after you're with a company for 10 years, you're secure," she said. "Then you get laid off and find out they wanted all these other skills that you didn't have.
"But losing my job was a blessing in disguise. It's been tough going back to school, and I never realized how much work was involved. But there's so much to learn, and the people here at College of DuPage have been so helpful and supportive."
In 2011, she received the $1,500 CDW Women in Technology scholarship.
"When I opened the notification letter, I thought I'd won the lottery," she said. "Without scholarships and financial aid, there would be no way that I could attend college."
Jackson earned her Application and Technical Support Specialist Associate in Applied Science degree in 2013. She hopes to work at a larger company where she can help people who are fearful of computers feel more at ease.
"I love working with computers," she said. "Technology keeps growing by leaps and bounds, and I feel confident that the skills I'm learning will keep me employed.
"School, with homework, is a lot harder than working a regular job. But I always felt I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm a firm believer in the College of DuPage motto that education is the value of a lifetime."
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