April 30, 2018 – Aurora, CO – When Danielle House was helping her daughter enroll in the nursing program at the Community College Aurora she thought: “If she can do it, why can’t I?” That motivated her, and now mother and daughter are graduating with associate’s degrees Saturday, May 5 from CCA. Danielle House will receive her Associate of Arts in Science degree in CCA’s paralegal program. Her daughter, Breanna Andrews, will also receive her Associate of General Studies degree in the Integrated Nursing Pathway program (INP).
"I was a bank teller for twenty years,” said Danielle. “I never attended college and wanted a career change.” She was in the midst of a divorce and couldn’t find a lawyer she could afford. After doing a lot of research, she realized that she wanted to be a paralegal. Danielle will walk across the stage on May 5 to receive her degree and transfer to the University of Colorado Denver to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources in the fall.
“I always knew I wanted to go to CCA,” said Breanna. “After high school, I didn’t think a big college was best, so CCA was much cheaper and the nursing program was right for me.” She took the time to educate herself about the admissions process. “I looked at the admissions data at several colleges in Colorado and knew I had a better chance of getting into CCA’s nursing program than anywhere else," said Breanna.
Breanna will have two years of college under her belt when she graduates and will transfer to the nursing program at the University of Colorado on the Anschutz campus. She admits that CCA’s program was tough but believes she will be prepared to transfer to CU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to complete her education and become a pediatric nurse.
Both mother and daughter have encouraged each other along the way and say they are fully prepared to enter a four-year college to finish their educational goals.
“I was terrified to start at CCA,” said Danielle. “But now I feel good about myself. When I started school I was a single mom, raising three kids, and now I’m getting my degree. I pushed through all the self-doubt and I made it.”
Breanna’s admiration for her mother is simply put: “she’s awesome!”
What advice do these graduates have for students entering college?
“Find an advisor and go to them for help, take classes seriously, and read your books. You can do it, too!”
Community College of Aurora Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10 a.m.
Magness Arena at the University of Denver
2240 Buchtel Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80210
Photo caption: Breanna Andrews (left) and her mother, Danielle House (right), will graduate from the Community College of Aurora on Saturday.