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Associate to Bachelor’s: Finishing College in Nashua


“I want to graduate by the time I’m 25.” This was the goal that Jessica set for herself when she began college.I became a mother at the age of 16. I always knew I wanted to attend college. I didn’t think it was possible after getting pregnant at such a young age.

Jessica received her associate degree in Human Services at Nashua Community College in 2011. As a human resources administrator at a non-profit organization in Nashua, the degree gave Jessica a great foundation to build her career and she wanted a bachelor’s degree to qualify her for even more great opportunities.

I took a year off before returning to school to obtain my bachelor’s degree. Granite State was a great fit for me since it offered numerous programs that relate to my career.

With a strong focus on her career, Jessica has a strong vision for how she will use her degree to make advancements.

I assist the Director of Human Resources and I wear many hats, often taking on extra projects. There are special focus areas within HR. My current goal is to remain with my employer and use my bachelor’s degree to gain experience in some of these specialized areas like organizational analysis, employee welfare, and recruitment.

The online environment was essential for Jessica.

I’m a single mother of an eight year old boy and I work full-time. There was no way a face-to-face classroom setting could fit into my schedule. If taking online classes wasn't an option, I could not have done it.

Through Granite State’s partnership with Nashua Community College, Jessica could meet with her GSC advisor on the NCC campus, which is close to her home.

When I first sat down with my advisor, she mapped out the required courses that I’d need to take and helped show me how my credits transfer in. It was a solid plan and I felt very comfortable about getting my degree and building my career path.

Jessica_Cortes_RodriguezBy finishing college by the age of 25, Jessica met her goal! At the 2015 Commencement Ceremony, she was surrounded by loved ones to celebrate her achievement. Among them, Jessica was particularly proud of making the Dean’s List consistent, graduating with honors, and becoming the first female granddaughter from both her mom and dad's side of the family to earn a college degree (out of a total of 29 grandchildren!).

Overall, Granite State College allowed me to go further than I had ever imagined! 



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