NORCROSS, Ga. – Statistically, single parent female-headed households are among the poorest in the nation. When Tamara Esquivel-Hernandez found herself single and pregnant, she could have given up on the idea of graduating from high school but she didn't. In November of 2012, Tamara enrolled in James Madison High School, which gave her the option of continuing her education without leaving home. That was only her first step towards beating the odds.
Juggling responsibilities, the distance learning format offered by James Madison High School allowed Esquivel-Hernandez to squeeze study time around her busy schedule. Then her love for baking turned into a business and she launched Dulce Blessings - a baking and party planning business.
Esquivel-Hernandez credits JMHS with helping make her dreams a reality. The staff were on hand to provide guidance and support whenever she hit a stumbling block. The format gave her the flexibility needed to be a mom and a business owner while earning her high school diploma.
"It was important to get my high school diploma not only for myself but for my daughter," said Esquivel-Hernandez. "I wanted to be a role model and show her no matter what, you can have what's important, to continue school and have a career."
Esquivel-Hernandez graduated this past June and she isn't slowing down since finishing high school and receiving her diploma. With her business flourishing, she is looking into her options and considering Ashworth College's Event Planning certification and possibly continuing on to earn her bachelor's degree. Learn more about her bakery business Dulce Blessings by visiting her website http://www.dulceblessings.com.
James Madison High School is an online high school option for students of any age who desire to earn their high school diploma. Headquartered in Norcross, GA, they are regionally accredited by AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
JMHS is part of the Professional Career Development Institute which offers a variety of campus-based and distance learning programs that include options from completing high school to earning a graduate degree. Established in 1996, JMHS has served over 2 million students.
Find more about James Madison High School at www.jmhs.com.
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