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As a non-traditional aged student Kelly Hadaway can empathize with adults of a certain age who are apprehensive about returning to school.
“Being a 40-something, it was difficult to go back to school, but my experience at Harford Community College helped me to gain confidence. I found the HCC community that consists of fellow students, administrators, and instructors to be very knowledgeable, supportive, and encouraging.” She also found it very comforting to see so many students of various ages and backgrounds – all of whom had different reasons for going back to school.
Kelly decided to attend Harford because of its location, the variety of course offerings, and the choice of course delivery – face to face (traditional classroom), hybrid or online. She says it is important to her that she shares her experience with others, especially when she hears co-workers or friends say that they have thought about going back to school but don’t see how they can with all their other day-to-day priorities. She tells them to talk to an advisor and try at least one class. “There are many options at Harford that can easily fit with any schedule. I really like that Harford offers the options of online and hybrid classes. This worked really well for me because I could work ahead and complete most of the coursework and assignments when it fit with my schedule.”
An acquisition intern with the Department of the Army, Kelly works for the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). “I am really blessed to be part of an organization that devotes so much time and energy to support and network our soldiers in theater. There is also great focus and support in training, leadership development, and educational growth for every employee. That doesn’t go unnoticed.” She was the recipient of the 2009 Dottie Dorman Working Woman Scholarship for Federally Employed Women and said it really helped her to get started at Harford Community College.
A wife and the mother of two children, she leads a busy life. She and her family are very active with Oak Grove Baptist Church and have volunteered with different outreach and mission opportunities. In addition, she sings with the Praise and Worship band and the combined choir.
Kelly attributes her success to her faith and the loving support of her family, which provided her with a lot of strength She says it’s also remembering not to give up, no matter how difficult things can be, because each opportunity one is given is a gift.
While at Harford, she earned a certificate and an AAS in Business Management, Administrative Professions. She is currently pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management at Wilmington University.
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