Jiangli Cairnes

A photo of Jiangli. In China, Jiangli completed high school and was taking college classes but chose to pursue a GED from HCC to acclimate her to a U.S. classroom.

When Jiangli Cairnes began Certified Nurse Aide classes at Haywood Community College, she was also taking GED classes. Cairnes came to Haywood County from China in September 2009 and has learned to speak English relatively well. In China, she completed high school and was taking college classes but chose to pursue a GED from HCC to acclimate her to the classroom in the United States instead of paying to have her transcripts translated to English.

Cairnes says the classes helped her feel comfortable and greatly helped her to learn medical terminology that she was not familiar with before.

Cairnes wants to become a nurse and is enrolling in pre-nursing classes at the college for spring semester. “I want to do something to help people,” she explains. “And I love to learn something new.” In fact, she is considering a Bachelor’s degree as her next step when she finishes the associate program at HCC.

“The people at HCC were very helpful,” Cairnes says. “My classmates were very patient when I would ask questions and the teachers were just as excited as me when I found out I had passed. I would really like to thank them, as well as my husband who drove me to class every day.”

But Cairnes is the one who did all the work.

“Jiangli is an extremely hard worker and we are very proud of her,” says Sandy Fischer, HCC Allied Health Coordinator.

When not in class, Cairnes enjoys watching movies, reading, shopping, music, and seeing the beautiful views of the mountains.

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