Farrah McGuffin: A Better Future
A former high school dropout, Farrah McGuffin is now a first-generation college student.
"I’m a single mom," Farrah said. "If I can do it, anyone can do it. Yes, it’s stressful, but I want to make a better future for my son."
After dropping out of Chelan High School, she later earned her diploma through Glacier Valley Alternative High School. Farrah moved down to Wenatchee to start classes at Wenatchee Valley College. She began in level four pre-college classes and is now taking college-level courses.
She plans to complete her degree in chemical dependency studies and work as a chemical dependency professional. "I’m in recovery and have dealt with a lot of struggles that teens, women and others have dealt with," she said. "Finally, I’m getting my life together."
She credits WVC instructors and staff with helping her succeed, especially one of her student development skills instructors.
"Christine Johnson is willing to go the extra mile for her students in and out of class," Farrah said. "She will go over info as many times as needed to make sure you understand. She taught several SDS classes that taught me the college process – how to find a mentor, tutoring, even daycare.
"The teachers have given me the skills to succeed in class, in my job and helped build my self-confidence. This school has helped make me who I am."