Nelva Ramirez Sierra

Class of 2013
Program: GED in Spanish

Nelva Ramirez Sierra moved to the United States from Mexico when she was 16 years old. Her first job was working in the fields picking fruit. Nelva and her family lived in Yakima for eight years, and then moved to Gresham where she held several cleaning jobs. She found it difficult to support a family on her wages. She was able to enroll in ESL classes at Mt. Hood Community College and realized that learning English and gaining an education were key to improving her life. 

When her family moved to Happy Valley, Nelva enrolled in Clackamas Community College’s GED in Spanish classes.  Nelva was motivated and pushed herself to succeed. She had encouragement from her instructors, fellow students, her employers, and her husband. She increased her course load and attended school full time, balancing homework with a job, three children and family responsibilities. She studied hard, gained computer and English skills, took her GED tests, and was able to meet her goal of earning her GED certificate.

Nelva plans to continue her education by taking ESL and college courses. As Nelva states, “There is nothing more important than education. With the effort and sacrifices, anyone can achieve a good education here at CCC.”  

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