Donated photo. Before Amanda Hawkins’ parents passed away, they really wanted to see their daughter with a high school credential. After enrolling a couple of times and not completing the requirements, she spent a little over a month to fulfill their wishes. Recently, Hawkins completed requirements at Haywood Community College for a high school equivalency.

Before Amanda Hawkins’ parents passed away, they really wanted to see their daughter with a high school credential. After enrolling a couple of times and not completing the requirements, she spent a little over a month to fulfill their wishes by recently completing a high school equivalency at Haywood Community College.

Sixteen years after dropping out of high school, Hawkins was able to finish the credential during a pandemic, fortifying her skills and resolve to help her children on their educational journey. “Now I plan to continue to get my daughter and son through school, all while I attend HCC accounting classes, pursuing my associate degree,” she explains.

Hawkins explains that having a high school freshman and second grader, it was especially important that she exhibit characteristics of a good role model. “It was extremely important to me that I show my kids how beneficial an education is. I want them to see that you have to push yourself above and beyond even when the cards are not in your favor. Even when life throws curveballs, you never give up.”

In her spare time, the Haywood County native helps her boyfriend with his tree business. After finishing HCC, Hawkins plans to continue her education and dreams of one day owning a small business.

Day, evening, and online classes are available through the College & Career Readiness department. Anyone interested in obtaining a High School Equivalency Diploma may choose from two convenient options: the traditional classroom setting or online classes. The department also offers an Adult High School program for students who are age 16 and older. The Adult High School classes are taught on the main campus, Monday through Friday. Students may also choose to complete the diploma online.

For additional information about obtaining a High School Equivalency Diploma or HCC’s Adult High School or Career College Program, please call 627-4700.