My Letter About The Human Service Program

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My name was Iris Edwards when I started at PCC. Divorced three times; finally realizing that it was time for me to make changes in my life. The first thing was to take my maiden name back. Iris Jackson is the name I want to appear on my AAS degree. My mother always wanted me to return to school and complete my education. She passed in 2005, and will not get to be a part of my finally receiving my degree. However, I know she would have been proud of me. At age 59 I started school again; this would be a challenge for me because I have a hearing loss in both of my ears.

I was working as a substitute teacher for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, and a hair stylist on a part-time basis. Deciding to return to school after many years of putting it off;
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When I started at Literacy I was not sure how I would fit with their program. The literacy program helps people to prepare for their high school equivalency test; learn English as a second language; help with reading, math, and basic computer. When I first started working at Literacy I worked the front desk as a receptionist; assisted students who needed help with any computer issues, and instructed students in keyboarding. This was good, but I did not see what it had to do with Human Service. Well, I was asked if I wanted to be a tutor, and if so in what area. I chose to help students learn to read; reading is something I am passionate about. I feel if a person can read they can accomplish anything.

One year ago, I was assigned a student who was reading at a 2nd-grade level. This was the Human Service part of the job that I had been waiting for. Today, this student has improved not only in his reading, but he is doing algebra. This makes my heart rejoice to see his progress. He is 59 years old and has set a goal is to receive his high school diploma.

I still work at LVPC as a work-study student; doing all the social media pages for LVPC’s Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn pages. My student still faithfully comes for his tutoring class each week. Sometimes I attend events; set up a display, and hand out flyers in hopes to recruit tutors for the program. By having the responsibility of LVPC’s social media I’ve decided to
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