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Mother, Daughter Earn GED at Gateway, Pursue Nursing Careers

A local woman was inspired by her mother's return to school, and enrolled to complete her GED, a high school diploma equivalent.

Neither Sherri Chambers nor her mother, Tammy Underwood graduated from high school.

In 2017, Underwood signed up for GED coursework at Gateway Community & Technical College through KY Skills U. 

“I watched her struggle a lot,” Chambers said of her mother. “I saw her in her high moments and saw her at her weakest. It was very hard; she had been out of school for 30 years, so she had to learn basically everything all over again.”

But Underwood persevered and earned her GED, and then went further, enrolling in Gateway's nursing program, and is now a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Dominion Senior Living in Florence.

After seeing her mother graduate from nursing school, Chambers decided to follow suit. She signed up for GED coursework about a month later.

“It is never too late to change your life. Don’t give up and love yourself enough to know you do matter and you are worth it,” Chambers said.

Chambers is the mother of three children who were busy playing three different sports while she was working full-time and taking her GED classes.

“I was more nervous about letting myself down and finding excuses that I had found for 15 years as to why I would not complete this,” said Chambers. “But I made a promise and a commitment to myself that no matter what it took, I was going to do this.”

Chambers earned her GED and now plans to follow her mother again, into Gateway's nursing program.

-Staff report

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