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15 Currently, NCC has 49 of its own graduates employed at the College! Have you ever thought about coming aboard and becoming a faculty or staff member? NCC is currently hiring many positions. To view full job descriptions or apply go to bit.ly/ncc-employment And with that, Lorena began her next degree at Northwest Iowa Community College. She went on to graduate with her degree in Practical Nursing in the Spring of 2015, and she just recently completed her Associate Degree in Nursing in December 2016. “There were many times that I would just break down and say, ‘I’m done. I can’t do this anymore.’ And undoubtedly someone would always be there to give me encouragement. That motivation was what truly got me to where I am today,” shares Lorena. The encouragement Lorena is referring to came from multiple sources, including her NCC instructors, advisors, and her family. “At one point, I was really at a low point. I was finding myself staying up and studying until 4 a.m., getting up at 7 a.m. to get the family ready for school and myself ready for work or classes. Money was tight, and there was always family obligations that had to be dealt with. I actually called the college to drop my classes. Word of my dropping got back to Norma Azpeitia (Bilingual Admissions Counselor at NCC), and Norma promptly called me and talked me out of it. She knew me well enough to know that I just needed to power through, and all would be OK. She was right.” “Lorena is a warrior,” says Dawn Recher, Associate Degree Nursing Instructor at NCC. “She totally owns her life and every aspect of it. She never makes excuses. We knew that with her disposition and her drive, there is no reason she wouldn’t make an exceptional RN. She just needed the occasional word of encouragement reminding her that she has the talent.” Lorena’s family were so excited that she completed her Associate Degree in Nursing, her mother and siblings came all the way from South Carolina to see her receive her diploma. For them, this is a momentous occasion. Lorena is the first one in her family to graduate from college. Her brother and sister, both inspired by Lorena’s success, have also completed their GED’s and are considering going on for higher education. Lorena is now employed full-time at Sioux Center Health in the Medical- Surgical unit. And although she would love to go on to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree someday, at the moment she is just enjoying adjusting to her new position and being a solid role model for her kids. “It’s a priority to see my kids finish high school and college. If I can do it, they can do it,” says Lorena. Lorena’s Success is Our Story ...Salas Gomez Success story continued from page 6 It’s a priority to see my kids finish high school and college. If I can do it, they can do it! Hiring our own


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