At Academy of Learning Career College (AOLCC), our adult learners come from all walks of life. Each brings a variety of life experience, talents, and backgrounds and we couldn’t be any prouder of all their accomplishments!

An addiction can turn an entire life upside down. It can damage a person’s career, academics, relationships, and health. 

Kim knows this first hand. Her story begins when she was a young teen, experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Things escalated and by the time she was 16, Kim was pregnant and had dropped out of high school.

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In 2014, Kim started to become very sick. After several visits to the intensive care unit, the doctor warned her that she was on her way to developing liver failure and possibly death. At that moment, Kim knew she had to turn her life around, if not for herself then certainly for her kids. Through it all, she was grateful that her family never gave up on her.

“It was a tough road at the beginning, but as time went on, it would get easier. Now I look back and think, Wow. That really was a lifetime ago.

Kim went back to high school and graduated with honours. She was even awarded a $1750 bursary for further education.

Kim enrolled in the Community Support Worker with Addictions program at Academy of Learning Career College – Kamloops in hopes of later helping others who are struggling with their own sobriety.

“Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. This was my way of helping. The staff is wonderful and it feels amazing moving forward and pursuing my dreams!”

Thanks for the inspiration, Kim!

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