Alejandra's Story

Student Succeeds with Help from Blue Ridge Literacy Council


After emigrating from Tegucigalpa, Honduras more than 10 years ago, Alejandra, now a US citizen, decided that it was time to improve her English. She enrolled in Blue Ridge Community College's (BRCC) ESL program. While studying at BRCC, Alejandra learned that she could receive individual tutoring through Blue Ridge Literacy Council (BRLC). She was paired with her new tutor, Kathryn, and the two began weekly tutoring sessions. Over the next year Alejandra obtained her GED, completed the Career Readiness Certificate, and gained admission to the Certified Nurse Aide I (CNA I) course offered at BRCC. By the spring of 2014, she had earned the CNA I Certificate, passed the Nurse Aide I State Registry exam, and had also secured a job in a retirement facility.  "After hours and hours of hard work with my tutor and on my own, I started 2014 as a more secure and confident woman because of the support I have Silver Bronze received. Blue Ridge Literacy Council is a wonderful resource in this community. They offer free tutoring to give Henderson County residents the opportunity to advance and grow academically and personally," said Alejandra. "I appreciate BRLC, their staff, Kathryn, and all those who make it possible for this program to continue to be available." Blue Ridge Literacy Council is one of United Way's partner agencies. You can learn more about BRLC and our other wonderful community partners on our Funded Community Partners page.