Palmetto Parent September 2012 : Page 25

A variety of information on going back to school is available. Midlands Tech counselors can even help parents plan for the careers they choose. balancing act With the right support, it is possible for parents to go back to school Story by Chris Worthy ] Photos by Sarah Hettich T akia Williams doesn’t shy away from hard work. Williams knows what it means to juggle late nights, writing papers and going to class with working and being a mom. Williams earned a master’s degree from the Columbia campus of University of Phoenix in 2011. She was also named the location’s outstanding student of the year. While it is a balancing act, it is possible for parents to go back to school and get the September 2012 degree they always wanted. “Getting a master’s was something I wanted to do, but I told myself I didn’t have time,” Williams said. As the single mom of one daughter, Makayla, age 12, Williams had already juggled school and motherhood once. Her daughter was born while Williams was a college student. “I took one semester off , but I went right back,” she said. TOP: Monica Edwards, a counselor at Mid-lands Tech, explains the easy and affordable options available to parents who want to go back to school. MIDDLE: Stephanie Jackson is director of the Columbia campus of Univer-sity of Phoenix. Jackson, herself a parent who went back to school, says it is never too late for parents to pursue new careers. BOTTOM: Besides having a full-time job as well as being a full-time parent, Takia Williams still fi nds time to volunteer for the United Way. Palmetto Parent 25

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