Jolene Sprenkle was recognized for earning her full ACE certificate. Sprenkle dropped out of high school at a fairly young age to work full-time and support herself. After several failed attempts at returning to school through different avenues, she learned about Confederation College’s Academic Upgrading program from a friend and though she’d give it a shot.
“Coming back to school as an adult was very challenging,” she said. “When I first started in the program, I was very anxious about going back into the classroom. There’s something about being older and going back; it’s very intimidating.”
But it didn’t take long for Sprenkle to realize she could succeed. “I started with online courses and Confederation was very accommodating in allowing me to study from home, which was important to me with two young children to take care of. I did need to come on campus for a couple of courses in the end, but I’m glad I did because it helped me feel comfortable in a classroom environment. That gave me confidence to pursue my next step.”
That next step was to enrol in the Business – Human Resources program at Confederation College in the fall of 2016. A family move and a broken tailbone later, Sprenkle needed to take the winter semester off for recovery, but plans to start back up with online courses this summer. She’ll continue in the program in her new home of Red Lake, using the Contact North site at the Confederation campus there.
To anyone considering going back to school, Sprenkle said it’s definitely worth it. “The staff in Academic Upgrading is really supportive and you can go at your own pace, so it’s not overwhelming. You can take on as much or as little as you want. If it wasn’t for the staff and the way they guided me through with gentle encouragement, I don’t know that I would have completed the program – they were fantastic!”