Billie Jo Townsend
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“Finding time to attend class and study for my GED® after working on a job all day was a challenge, especially with two young children,” says 2007 GED® Graduate Billi Jo Summerlin Townsend. “But it was all worth it,” she adds, “because now I am getting to enjoy the best job I’ve ever had as Ingles Pharmacy Technician. Townsend loves helping the sick and she gets to do it for a living in the pharmacy career that she’s been in for three years.
After high school, Townsend worked for four years at Henredon, until rumors of a plant closure encouraged her to gain employment elsewhere. She moved to Ethan Allan, where she worked for thirteen years, until the facility closed. When the closure occurred, Townsend was among the scores of adults who took advantage of the free Mayland Community College Adult Education classes where she earned her high school equivalency (GED®), a credential which helped open the door to her dream job.
Billie Jo and her husband, Greg, love nature, and enjoy hiking with their two daughters, Amber, 16, and Megan, 12. The family attends Grassy Creek Baptist Church. Townsend shares that the biggest goal she and her husband have is to get the girls through college.
Reflecting on her Mayland experience, Townsend says, “The teachers in the GED® classroom are just wonderful! They will help you reach your educational goals. If you need to complete high school, go for it!”
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