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Graduate Spotlight: Brittney White

Posted on May 08, 2018

By Holly Walker

“JTCC taught me that I can accomplish big things with effort, support and vision. I never imagined that I would get a degree or accomplish anything this grand. I am so happy with how my life has changed for the better and that I have a direction and set goals. I have more years of school left, but John Tyler taught me that I have what it takes.” – Brittney White 


For 14 years, Brittney White, of North Chesterfield, worked in advocacy at a local hospital. While she enjoyed having a job that helped people, she realized she was ready for a new challenge and a new career focus. She wanted to give back and to work in a field filled with compassion, caring for those most in need. 

With an interest in social work, Brittney decided to enroll in John Tyler Community College, becoming the third person in her family to become a Tyler Trailblazer. Brittney says her family’s experience at Tyler plus the college’s reputation and its program and transfer agreement variety inspired her to choose Tyler and its Human Services, Pre-Social Work program. 

She admits she was a bit nervous when she first started classes. As an older student and career switcher, Brittney said she wasn’t sure what to expect. What she discovered was a diverse student body, a welcoming environment and a strong support system that helped her grow her confidence. The experience also prompted her to refine her career path, refocusing her goals on pre-radiation science and working with cancer or hospice patients.

Next up for Brittney – Virginia Commonwealth University. Brittney has been accepted into the university’s pre-radiation science program and will be transferring the credits earned for her Tyler degree to her new bachelor’s degree path.

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