Kira Burkett is a motivated young woman. A wife and mom to two young daughters, Kira juggles a busy family life with full-time school at RCC. She admits the balance isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
“The most important goal for me is to be a role model to my daughters,” Kira said. “Working toward a career I’m passionate about shows my children they can overcome challenges and find fulfillment both in their families and their vocational calling.”
Kira was recently awarded the Medford American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship. Next semester, her family plans to move to Eugene where Kira will continue her education at the University of Oregon, majoring in ecology. Her dream is to work as a science teacher and writer.
“I’m passionate about the Earth and our valuable resources,” Kira said. “I want to engage people in hands-on activities that help them appreciate and protect what our planet has to offer.”
Shannon Dabel knows how to take care of people. As the wife of an Army veteran, she spent many years as a stay-at-home mom of four children. When her husband retired and took over as primary caregiver, Shannon enrolled in RCC—and found her time to shine.
Currently in her second year at RCC, Shannon she was recently awarded the Ashland American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship. She plans to transfer to Southern Oregon University to complete her degree in teaching. One day Shannon dreams of working in China, where her daughter is currently employed with an international language school.
“I’m really grateful for the years I had home with my kids and pouring into my family’s needs,” she said. “Now thanks to RCC, I’m able to obtain a degree that can help me spread my skills and experience to even more people.”