Tammy Ellison Tabetha Garner

Success Story

Tammy Ellison and Tabetha Garner, mother and daughter, graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from SCC in May 2013. Although their goals are different they both looked to each other for support, and found the resources they needed at SCC. Tammy hopes to be a nurse someday, and Tabetha plans on becoming a pharmaceutical representative.

After losing her job in the real estate industry in 2008, Tammy, 44, decided it was time to complete her college degree. “I was really surprised at the number of people my age going back to school.” She said she spent a lot of time in the ACE Tutoring Center, using the models to memorize the parts of the ear, heart and other organs.

“SCC is a great school. I would definitely recommend it. It’s convenient, safe and in a nice area,” Tammy said.

Tammy transferred to the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

“Tammy personifies the type of student who is successful because she takes the extra steps to get it right rather than just going with the flow,” said Kevin Patton, Ph.D, professor of science. 

Tammy’s daughter Tabetha also graduated in May 2013. As a single mom with two kids of her own, Tabetha found the online classes to be a good fit for her. “I was able to be a mom and finish my degree at the same time,” she said. 

Tabetha, 26, transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

The two women helped each other along the way.

“My graduation present is seeing my daughter graduate,” Tammy said.

Last updated: July 16, 2013 

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