Ange Good Bear began her quest for an education after going through a divorce in August 2005. She knew she had to do something to support her children so she enrolled that fall at Everest College. She completed a Medical Assisting certificate and worked in the field for two years. However, her dream was to become a nurse.
In late 2006, Ange’s oldest daughter who was a student herself at Mesa Community College suggested that her mom check into the options offered at Mesa Community College. A week before classes started in Spring 2007, Ange found herself at MCC applying for financial aid and registering for classes.
As a single parent, Ange found it difficult at times to maintain a full credit load. Throughout her educational career at MCC, there were times she had to take a semester off so she could work and support her family.
“There were times I could have thrown in the towel but I made up my mind to keep going. My motivation has always been my youngest son. When I started school at MCC he was only six. I knew I needed to do something to provide for him,” stated Ange.
Even though it has taken Ange five years to complete a two-year degree, she has remained determined to complete her degree. She will graduate from MCC on May 11, 2012 with an Associate’s degree in General Studies. She hopes to be accepted to Grand Canyon University this fall to continue her quest of becoming a nurse.
While Ange has been attending MCC, four of her children have also become students. Her oldest daughter majored in Art and graduated last spring. She moved out of state this past fall to further her education in Chicago, IL. The second daughter began her education at ASU and took classes at MCC. She recently returned to ASU to complete a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Two of her children remain at MCC; one is majoring in Culinary Studies and the other is majoring in Business.
Ange credits the American Indian Center, specifically Loretta Damon and Garrison Tahmahkera, for helping her to find the resources she needed to become successful. She commented, “Native American students need to realize the American Indian Center is there for them. They are welcoming and have a love for students. Whatever they may need, the Center can help them get around barriers they face.”
Ange also credits her English instructor, Ron Fanning for helping her to express herself. “He grew up on the reservation and allowed me to reflect on where I came from. He was my favorite; easy going and personable,” stated Ange.
“I found a new life path by coming to MCC,” affirmed Ange.