First Literacy Scholar: Jocelyne

Jocelyne was just 16 years old when she left her home country of Haiti. Her father did not enroll her in school when she lived in Haiti, so she made the decision to come to the United States in hopes of receiving an education. When she arrived, she got a job as a babysitter and set her sights on a high school diploma. It was an uphill battle as she struggled to learn English and navigate life in a new country. After a great deal of hard work Jocelyne earned her high school diploma at Jewish Vocational Services while working and raising her own children. With the support of First Literacy Jocelyne enrolled in classes at Roxbury Community College and over the span of four years she completed her courses and achieved her associates degree in Health Sciences. Completing her degree was no easy feat. She had to juggle school, working two jobs, and providing for her three children, but she never gave up. She plans to continue studying, so someday she can earn her nursing degree.

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