"No one should feel like they are too old to come back to school"For 11 years, I was a dedicated switch assembler at Eaton Corporation.
I loved working at Eaton. I thought I would be there until I retired. But that didn’t happen. Two years ago, Eaton announced plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Selma, displacing me and the rest of the plant’s workforce.
At 50, I decided to return to school and take advantage of federal education assistance offered to displaced workers. Next year, I’ll earn my associate’s degree in office systems technology – my second two-year degree from Johnston Community College. My goal is to blend my knowledge and land a good-paying job in the public school system.
I credit the support of my instructors and the TRiO program for inspiring my success. No one should feel like they are too old to come back to school or that you can’t accomplish success because you have to start all over again. There’s opportunity here. If you make the first step, JCC will make the next one for you.
I’m Delzora Atkinson and I’m a current student at Johnston Community College.