West Georgia Technical College GED graduate and current Business Administrative Technology student Brandi Cash was crowned Homecoming Queen September 28 but Cash, who attends the LaGrange Campus, did not set out to become the belle of the ball.
In the fall of 2010, Cash wanted to make a change in her life and decided to pursue her GED.
“I wanted to be someone my kids can look up to,” said Cash. “I wanted to make a difference in my life.”
Her determination to finish school also inspired her husband to go back and get his GED after getting laid off. With both Cash and her husband working to change their lives, they experienced another life change. Cash found out she was expecting their third child soon after starting school. Though she experienced complications from premature labor, she remained determined to get her GED.
“I was probably most proud of the fact that I kept going while I was pregnant,” said Cash. “I had every opportunity to quit, but I kept going.”
Cash went on to graduate with her GED in February 2011 and decided to pursue a degree in Business Administrative Technology in the fall of 2012.
“I have always wanted to work with computers and business. I want to bring a smile to people’s face,” said Cash. “It’s not about sitting behind a desk. It’s about helping people.”
It is that same drive and determination to succeed that has helped Cash to make President’s List her first semester, join Phi Beta Lambda and to win Homecoming Queen.
“I had no expectations at all [of winning,]” she said. “When they called my name, I said ‘Did they read that right?’”
In spite of her challenges, Cash credits her teachers and West Georgia Technical College for helping her to achieve her goals.
“Brandi has such a contagious energy and drive. I knew she would go on to get her GED and continue to do great things,” said Susan Prestridge, Adult Education instructor. “I am so proud of all of her accomplishments.”
“My teachers at West Georgia Technical College are extremely inspiring to me. Every teacher has had a profound effect on everything I’ve done at WGTC,” said Cash. “If it wasn’t for my teachers, friends, family and God, I wouldn’t be here.”
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.