Destiny’s Story: From Foster Care to Passing HiSET Fast While Pregnant

By on September 19, 2019
STLCC HiSET graduate Destiny Davis

STLCC HiSET program graduate, Destiny Davis, shares how she overcame challenges to quickly obtain her high school equivalency credential and accelerate her healthcare career while pregnant.

“If you would have asked me when I was three years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said ‘a doctor,’” said HiSET graduate, Destiny Davis, who came to the St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus seeking her high school equivalency credential when she was 17 years old.

Davis had been in foster care for years and faced difficulties in high school before dropping out, but she had always maintained her desire to pursue a healthcare career and felt the timing was finally right after a two-year hiatus from school.

“I had previously been distracted by moving from home to home,” she said. “I felt like I got in a good place, I felt stable, and I had good support around me to where I could start a career.”

Soon after Davis enrolled in the STLCC HiSET program at the Forest Park campus, she discovered she was pregnant, which further strengthened her determination to start a career in nursing.

“I’m motivated, and I feel like I have to do better,” she said. “No matter how old I am, I’ve just got to grow up and be able to take care of myself.”

After getting accepted to STLCC’s HiSET program, Davis started classes and quickly went to work. She met with the tutors, studied, took practice tests and was surprised by how fast she grasped the concepts despite her lapse in schooling. She breezed through the material so rapidly the program facilitators suggested that she take the test after she had only spent 15.25 hours in the program. She passed the exam on her first try.

“It gave me a lot of confidence in myself,” she said. “Originally, I went in feeling like it was going to be hard trying to catch back up. In high school I knew I was smart but being out of school and having to jump back in, I really felt like I might not be smart enough. But as I was practicing with the test and studying, it came back to me really quickly.”

One of the things Davis liked most was the fact that STLCC’s HiSET program facilitators were able to accommodate the pace at which she wanted to move through the process.

“The tutors were great,” she said. “I could move at my own pace. It was very motivating for me, because I felt like I was able to keep going and build a career like I wanted.”

In addition to supporting her HiSET exam studies, the program staff helped her with the next steps in her career journey: enrollment in the STLCC Patient Care Technician (PCT) program.

“It really seems like I did everything at the perfect time,” she said. “I went to the HiSET program and I thought I was going to be in there a few months, but I finished it in two weeks, just in time to get in the PCT program. And then I turned eighteen right when I needed to which is a requirement for the PCT program. It just all fell into place for me.”

With her high school equivalency credential completed and her PCT training underway, Davis is headed down the healthcare career path she has envisioned for most of her life. She intends to work as a PCT and adjust to motherhood, and eventually enter a nursing program to become a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner. Her experience in the HiSET program gave her the confidence she needed to overcome her obstacles and pursue her dreams.

“You just really have to have it in you to want to do it for yourself,” she said. “It’s going to be challenging but if you want to do it and you have good intentions and reasons, it will come along easier.”

Are you ready to take the next step toward your career path? Visit stlcc.edu/hiset or call 315-514-5311 for more information about the St. Louis Community College HiSET program.

About Rebecca Rutherford

Rebecca Rutherford is Marketing Communications Coordinator of St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group, which delivers non-credit continuing education opportunities, corporate training and community services to the St. Louis region.

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