How Mentors and Scholarships Help Community College Students Succeed

High school senior Sarah Goins of Louisville, Tennessee, drove in her first drag race at age 7 in a smaller version of a drag car called a junior; now, at 18, she just graduated to her own full-size car. Sarah shares her passion for drag racing with her family, particularly her father. Even though she’d been thinking “forever” that she’d eventually graduate high school and become a veterinarian, early in her senior year, when she learned how much veterinary school was going to cost, she began to rethink her options. A close friend was attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT, for machining — and Sarah began to think that maybe she could also get a machining certificate, so she could get a good job at the local Alcoa aluminum plant, or even work on car engines.
“To be completely honest, I didn’t even know that I was going to go to college,” she said. “I work two jobs, and I knew that, even with working another job over the summer, I couldn’t afford it [college] myself. And my dad works all the time, too [he is self-employed, and owns his own jet ski repair shop]. I just thought to myself, there’s just no way I can afford it. Maybe I’ll go later on, after I graduate and get some money saved up.”
Courtesy of Sara GoinsThen Goins began paying attention to …