Heaven Rabb celebrates at graduation

Finding Inner Strength to Earn a High School Equivalency at Blue Ridge Community College

Featured photo: Heaven Rabb celebrates at graduation. Photo by Rich Keen.

Guest article by Amani Duncan, Adult Education and Literacy Faculty

Also available at the Transylvania Times.

Blue Ridge Community College student Heaven Rabb has been attending the Transylvania County Campus’ Adult Education Lab for just over a year now. Rabb worked with various instructors in the Lab to learn the skills needed to take and pass each of the five HiSET tests. The HiSET tests include five discrete skills: math, science, social studies, reading, and writing. Rabb found a pathway to success and earned her high school equivalency.

Rabb suffers from social anxiety. Large and small groups of people make Rabb feel nervous and have an elevated heart rate.

“I feel like I overcame my social anxiety. I really wanted my high school equivalency, so I did what was needed to get it,” Rabb said.

Rabb came into the Adult Education Lab regularly and became secure enough to put aside her discomfort, and fulfill her goal. She is now ready to seek out a more fulfilling future with more job opportunities, a continuation of a college skill or degree, or being able to help her nieces with their educational needs.

Rabb’s other commitments did not stop her from finding the time and energy to complete her goal. She is an auntie to four girls and stays home with the two youngest who are not yet in school. She takes care of her grandmother who has medical issues as well.

“Heaven is a kind, gentle, loving person. Her love for others did not prevent her from loving herself enough to complete her educational goal,” said Heaven’s advisor and instructor Amani Duncan.

Heaven worked with incredible focus and determination.

“This was a woman who knew what she wanted, and was unstoppable in every area of the exam,” said Heaven’s writing instructor Marsha Casey.

When a student sees the success of working in the Adult Education Lab with guided lesson plans and respectful support, their success rate is very high. Come join us at the Adult Education Lab at Blue Ridge Community College to achieve new skills and a pathway to new successes.

For more information about finishing a high school degree through the Blue Ridge Community College Adult Education program, call 828-694-1907 or visit www.blueridge.edu/ael.