Mother of Four, Shanorrow Smith, Back to OFTC for Nursing Training
A mother of four, Shanorrow Smith knew she needed a career in order to support and provide for her children. So, after her twin girls were born, she did something about it.
She attended Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), formerly Heart of Georgia Technical College, in hopes of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). “I was not selected for the program at that time, so I was redirected and got into the Medical Assisting program,” Smith shared.
Smith graduated and entered the workforce as a medical assistant, but she never gave up her dreams to become a nurse.
“While I was working as a medical assistant, a window of opportunity was opened for me to come back to OFTC and begin the Practical Nursing program,” Smith said.
She completed the program and soon became an LPN.
After working at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin for several years, Smith saw another window of opportunity open.
“The need for nurses is greater than ever before,” she said, “and while working at the VA, I see there are a lot of opportunities to grow and move up as a Registered Nurse.” So, she decided she would return to OFTC to become an RN through the College’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bridge program.
“OFTC is where I have been the most successful,” Smith said. “And now I am back once again to go a little higher in my nursing training.”
Smith is currently in her last semester of taking the required courses to compete for the ADN bridge program and hopes to be accepted into the College’s cohort this fall. Even though it’s been a while since she’s been in the classroom, she was quickly reminded why her decision to return to OFTC was so easy.
“My OFTC instructors are so willing to work with me,” she said. “It’s a place where the people who teach me really show that they care about my success.”
Looking back, Smith is thankful her journey didn’t work out like she had originally planned.
“I know when most people think about college, they may think of going out of town to a big-name college,” she said. “But we are fortunate to have one of the best colleges right here in our own backyard. A college that really cares about your success and stands behind your education. The people at OFTC will be with you every step of the way, all the way down to making sure you get a job in your field of study.”