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Success Stories

Turning Experience into a Career

Posted on April 06, 2016

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Latisha Mason loves working with children and beams with excitement when talking about her child care practicum at a local Goddard School. Mason, who is majoring in Early Childhood Development at John Tyler Community College, says it is exciting to interact with the children and to put into practice all the skills she’s learned from her classes and from her life.

Mason, a wife, mother, grandmother and foster parent, started working on a degree years ago before deciding to focus on raising a family and on running her own in-home daycare business. Now, with three grown daughters, Mason is back in school at Tyler and working toward an associate degree and licensure. She describes the Early Childhood Development Program at Tyler as accessible and rewarding. Classes are scheduled at convenient times, so they fit into her life. A typical day for Mason includes getting her foster kids and grandkids ready for school, taking classes during the day, and spending evenings at home for dinner and quality family time. The guidance and support provided by program instructors have also helped Mason stay on track. “At 48, I sometimes want to give up,” she says. “Then I learn something new in class, and it keeps me going.”

Mason expected to build career skills at Tyler, but she also credits her studies with making her a better parent to her three foster children. “I’ve learned a lot about dealing with children and how to handle different situations,” she says.

After she graduates from Tyler, Mason hopes to work at a preschool or daycare center and work with children with disabilities.

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