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After 20 years, a dream come true

Shlana Sims’ 20-year journey to earn a college degree has admittedly been a bumpy one. After graduating from high school...

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After 20 years, a dream come true

Shlana Sims’ 20-year journey to earn a college degree has admittedly been a bumpy one.

After graduating from high school in 1996, she enrolled at Cleveland State University and will be the first to tell you that her experience was far from ideal.

“I took time off, started my family, but found that I still had a strong yearning for school,” she said.

Eventually, Shlana began again, this time armed with a fresh perspective and outlook. She enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College and did remarkably well.

After a few years, she returned to Cleveland State.

“I haven’t looked back,” she said proudly.

Today, Shlana is just one semester away from receiving her degree in English and plans to become an English teacher. And this time around, her Cleveland State experience has been significantly better than her first.

“I’ve become engaged as a Structured Learning Assistant and provide tutoring assistance for more than 40 students,” Shlana said.

She’s also a success coach and is currently prepping for her career in education with a practicum at New Tech West High School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

As a full-time student with a family, the demands are many, but having received a scholarship, Shlana’s been empowered to achieve what has been a decades-long pursuit.

“I can hardly wait to begin my career,” she said.

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