Working for a brighter future
Latecia Wood’s story is not unfamiliar on Highline College’s campus.
She’s furthering her education and providing a better future for her and her family.
Wood, who’s a working Respiratory Care Therapist, enrolled in Highline’s Respiratory Care Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program in spring of 2016.
“I wanted a college that was affordable with a good reputation in the community,” Wood said. She currently lives in Seattle after moving back from Key West, Florida in 2014.
Wood is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree and plans on applying to a Physician Assistant master’s degree program after graduation.
“Earning my bachelor’s degree will allow me to grow professionally by helping me become more marketable to future employers.” Wood said.
Highline’s AAS in Respiratory Care, which begun in 1967, is highly regarded in the field. The program has long held special endorsement from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The BAS degree builds on this strong foundation ensuring students like Wood receive a quality and timely education. Highline is the first college in Washington state to offer a four-year degree in Respiratory Care.
Wood was nervous she wasn’t going to have enough time to complete her degree between her current job and family. However, because the program is offered fully online, Wood is able to work, be a mom, and complete her course work.
“I was a teen mom and completing my education makes me among the two percent of teen mothers who not only attend, but graduate from college,” Wood said.
Respiratory Care is one of Highline’s five Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs. Others include Cybersecurity and Forensics, Global Trade and Logistics, Teaching and Early Learning, and Youth Development.