Leadville GED Students Discover Opportunity through Education

Nadia Trujilo earned her GED at Colorado Mountain College. She aspires to become a nurse in Colorado.

The GED® test has helped more than 20 million people on their path to education and success. Locally, the GED program at Colorado Mountain College has helped members of the Leadville community discover opportunities for advancing careers and bettering their lives. Though Nadia Trujillo and Juan Mejia have different professional goals, the GED has helped them take the next steps to achieving their dreams.

The Path to Nursing School Starts with GED

Nadia Trujilo earned her GED at Colorado Mountain College. She aspires to become a nurse in Colorado.
Nadia Trujillo earned her GED at Colorado Mountain College. She aspires to become a nurse in Colorado.

Nadia Trujillo has dreams of becoming a nurse. Enrolling in the GED preparatory program at Colorado Mountain College was the first step. Though she earned a high school diploma in Lima, Peru, she wanted to get her GED to start the prerequisites for nursing school.

“It had been so long since I was in school. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to perform academically,” says Nadia, who moved to Leadville in 2005, “Colorado Mountain College, specifically Kelli McCall, helped me focus on areas to study. I took the GED test in parts as I studied each subject.”

In May 2017, Nadia earned her GED at Colorado Mountain College. The GED gave her the skills and confidence to work at Rocky Mountain Family Practice and succeed academically. She plans to enroll in general education classes next spring, taking the next steps to becoming a registered nurse.

“I earned my GED to make me more marketable to any potential employer,” says Nadia, “The GED is a stepping stone that gave me confidence to start prerequisites and continue towards my goal of becoming a RN.”

Generations of Learning

Juan Mejia and his family have lived in Leadville for ten years. He learned about the opportunities a GED can open while taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

“I always try to push myself for better opportunities,” says Juan, “and to always learn something new whether that be at work or at school.”

Juan earned his high school diploma in Mexico City at Preparatoria Justo Sierra, specializing in electrical work. He now works in construction and is learning the framing trade.

Juan Mejia is a CMC Leadville GED and welding student.
Juan Mejia is a GED graduate and welding student at Colorado Mountain College Leadville.

“Passing the GED has given me confidence in my work and my life,” says Juan, “I know I can set goals and accomplish them.”

Juan Mejia and his son are both students at Colorado Mountain College Leadville. In fact, it was his son who encouraged him to go beyond the GED and enroll in the welding program.

“This year, I started CMC’s welding program,” says Juan, “I know welding is a great opportunity and offers a good salary. It is a trade that I like and follows the other building trades I have learned. Welding could open up more opportunities in my field and in my life.”

For Juan and many other GED students at Colorado Mountain College, the GED has created additional opportunities for a promising future.

“Taking the GED class has not only offered me better opportunities for work and education, but it also gives me the feeling that we belong,” says Juan, “Kelli McCall makes it more than a class. At Colorado Mountain College we are friends and family.”

Education is opportunity.

Colorado Mountain College is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to our mountain communities. CMC Leadville offers several English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED Test Preparation programs in English and Spanish. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Kelli McCall at kmccall@coloradomtn.edu or call 719-486-4207.

Llame a Kelli McCall719-486-4207 o manden un email a kmccall@coloradomtn.edu

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