A Cartersville resident on Friday became one of the first graduates of the Atlanta Technical College physical therapist assistant associate degree program.
Brigette Alexander was awarded the credential during the school's commencement ceremony held at the Atlanta Civic Center.
Alexander, who chose Atlanta Technical College because of its driving distance from her home in Cartersville, had many obstacles to overcome in pursuing her degree as a physical therapist assistant.
“When I lost my job in late 2009, my mother encouraged me to go back to school and further my education,” she said. “I went to a college near my house and began looking into programs. As soon as I read about the Physical Therapist Assistant program I knew it was for me. “
Studying at Atlanta Technical College did not come easy for Alexander.
“I had to learn how to study as an adult,” she said. “That was a major issue for me. Travel time also played a big part as well. Some mornings I would arrive on campus at 6 AM to avoid traffic, and would study until class started at 8 a.m.”
She used her driving time to and from school each day to listen to recorded lectures.
The flexibility of the Atlanta Technical College schedule also allowed her to work, as she was able to keep her part-time job at a local fitness center.
The physical therapist assistant program has given her hope, after a difficult period in her life.
“Once I begin my career as a physical therapist assistant I will be able to support myself and begin planning for the future," she said.