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Success Stories

Discovering What is Possible

Posted on May 15, 2015

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Amber Staton wants to make a difference in the lives of people who are facing life-altering challenges. Her passion for the field of human services stems from her own experiences. She has survived the suicide of a close family member; has been homeless; and is a mother who is juggling family needs with work and school. It’s not easy, but Amber is determined.

She says she’s thankful for what she’s discovered at John Tyler. She’s found strong mentors in the teaching faculty, financial support through scholarships and work-study opportunities, and flexible class schedules that help her balance her many responsibilities. “My time at John Tyler has meant so much to me. I had the chance to grow not only educationally. I found me during my time at JTCC. I learned who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do in life. I met amazing people along the way who helped me grow and when life tried to get in the way they pulled me back in. I got so many opportunities I never thought possible.”

Amber says she’s ready for her next challenge: completing a bachelor’s degree. She will do that at Mary Baldwin College, where she’s been accepted into the social work program. Eventually, she hopes to own a clinic that provides counseling services.

Hear more from Amber in the video Snapshots of the Class of 2015.

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