Single mom paying it back to other people on her path

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JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- To say April Thompson got an education at GTCC is a major understatement. Her entire life changed course here. When she first walked on campus, she was a very scared and young single mom.

"I just thought, I can't give up, but I really didn't know what else to do," remembers Thompson. "The first person I ran into was Mrs. Ednalyn Hurley. She changed my whole life, my whole outlook."

Hurley created the single parents program at GTCC as a way to help support and encourage students who are juggling the often taxing responsibilities of parenting, schoolwork and working a part-time job.

"I'm just like, 'Wow, I can't believe how well she's doing and to see her children doing so well.' It makes me so proud," said Hurley.

Thompson graduated from GTCC and then Greensboro College. She's now back at GTCC helping out in the Center for Academic Achievement, tutoring other students and is now vice pPresident of that same support group that helped her many years before.

"I just want to show other single parents that you can't give up. Not an option and that no matter what obstacle you face, you may feel like giving up for a day or two and that's OK, but then you need a plan, a strategy to help keep you going," said Thompson.