Rebecca Mowery, who was raised in Lewis County, Ky., had to quit high school in 1985 to take care of a sibling when her mother became ill. She set as her goal, getting her GED then going on to college.
In 1990, married, and the mother of a child she fulfilled the first part of her goal when she proudly received her GED diploma. Then she set out to take her life to the next level.
In 2003, with a husband and 5 children at home, she graduated in one year with an associate degree in business administration from Southeastern Business College.
“That is usually a two-year program, but I was determined to do it in one year, and I did,” said Mowery, who is working on her bachelor's degree online through Findlay University. “Everyone who works at SBC graduated from here, and I credit the flexible class schedule.”
Being a nontraditional student herself, she has great empathy for the non-traditional student, an important part of Southeastern's programs.
“You only attend each class once a week, and we have morning and evening classes, which is extremely helpful,” said Mowery. “We also have an open door policy here. Students can come in and see me when they need to,” she said.
Mowery began working at the college as an admissions representative and worked her way up, becoming the operations manager about 3 weeks ago.
“What I want to accomplish now is to learn my new position and to help grow this school to the enrollment it used to have,” said Mowery.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740)353-3101 ext. 232