These Are Our Stories


What does it mean to be part of Brightwood College? Get to know our students, staff, and graduates through their own words and photos.

Chad, San Antonio - San Pedro

Chad, San Antonio - San PedroInstructor“I run my classroom like a job. They have to be accountable for their time.”

Read His Story

Alethia, Nashville

Alethia, NashvilleGraduate“The fact that I got hired before I graduated was pretty cool.”

Read Her Story

Cassandra, Nashville

Cassandra, NashvilleGraduate“It’s hard to hold a baby and do homework, but anything worthwhile is not going to be easy.”

Read Her Story

Ivan, San Antonio - San Pedro

Ivan, San Antonio - San PedroAdmissions Representative“On a daily basis, success to me means doing better.”

Read His Story

Olga, San Antonio - San Pedro

Olga, San Antonio - San PedroStudent“I was putting my passion on the backburner and trying to please everybody else.”

Read Her Story

Peggy, San Antonio - San Pedro

Peggy, San Antonio - San PedroProgram Director“I love working with the students. I love seeing them successful. It’s my passion.”

Read Her Story

Cassi, Nashville

Cassi, NashvilleStudent“I was working a sales job that I absolutely hated, and I realized that I needed to start a career.”

Read Her Story

David, Hammond

David, HammondStudent“My military experience helped me deal with the everyday stresses of life.”

Read His Story

Kevin, Indianapolis

Kevin, IndianapolisStudent“I played football for a long time, and I even had my stint in the World League.”

Read His Story

Miranda, San Antonio - San Pedro

Miranda, San Antonio - San PedroGraduate“I came here a year after high school. I wanted to start my career and establish myself.”

Read Her Story

Jean Marie, San Antonio - San Pedro

Jean Marie, San Antonio - San PedroStudent“I put my life on hold to take care of my mom.”

Read Her Story

Faisal, Hammond

Faisal, HammondInstructor“I worked as an anesthesiologist, which is quite different from being a teacher.”

Read His Story

Fredonia, Indianapolis

Fredonia, IndianapolisStudent“For years, I was all about my family. But I always wanted to be a nurse. It was a dream I never gave up on.”

Read Her Story

Sandy, Nashville

Sandy, NashvilleAdmissions Representative“I spent a good portion of my life in shelters, churches and people’s homes.”

Read Her Story

Rakeea, Nashville

Rakeea, NashvilleStudent“I’m the first one to graduate high school and the first one trying to push through college in my family.”

Read Her Story

Haley, Nashville

Haley, NashvilleCampus President“My life would have been completely different if it were not for education and taking that leap of faith.”

Read Her Story

Richard, Nashville

Richard, NashvilleStudent“I’ve got to give my children something to look at so that they feel proud of me.”

Read His Story

Katie, Hammond

Katie, HammondGraduate“I didn’t want to be a waitress anymore. I wanted to have a better life.”

Read Her Story

Lee-Ann, Indianapolis

Lee-Ann, IndianapolisCareer Development Specialist“I’ve learned more from my students than they’ll ever get from me.”

Read Her Story

Courtney, Hammond

Courtney, HammondStudent“I was one of those kids that didn’t really want anything for myself.”

Read Her Story

Are you a Brightwood College student, graduate or staff member?We’d love to hear your story!

“I make it my mission to create a campus culture of family and a sense of belonging. We know our students' names, we know their stories, we know what makes them smile. We listen to our students, and we recognize them for changing their life and making it happen!”

Shaheen, Fort Worth Staff Member

“I endeavor to remind students that life will happen with or without your personal satisfaction. Do something worthwhile. Do something you love.”

Terra, Fort Worth Dean

“I help students take the leap every day. The difference is that I refuse to let them fall. I believe in their success!”

Latanya, CharlotteAdmissions Representative

“My daughter motivates me every single day. I want the best future for her. I want to show her anything is possible and to go after your goals.”

Jazmine, Fort Worth Student

“I needed to do something hands-on and slightly behind the scenes. So I chose pharmacy technician. The job I am doing is a perfect fit for me.”

Bright, San Antonio - San Pedro Graduate

“Always follow your dreams even if it seems as if you could never accomplish them. Nothing is impossible!”

Gisselle, Las Vegas Student

“If I can’t be in the Marine Corps anymore and protecting my country, I might as well be protecting people from something else — bad teeth!”

Audrey, Vista Student

“I get to help students take that next step and push themselves to be more than they thought they could.”

Joe, El Paso Career Development Specialist

“I chose the Medical Assistant program because I love to help people move forward.”

Rosetta, Fort Worth Student

“My parents are both immigrants. Being the first in my family to go to college has made my parents proud.”

Leonor, Vista Student

“My motivation comes from seeing my students succeed.”

Pamela, HammondSenior Admissions Representative

“How can I make a difference today? That’s my daily question. Coming from circumstances that shaped me into who I am today, I want to give back in a way most of us truly need.”

Kimberly, Fort WorthCareer Development Specialist

“My kids and my grandkids motivate me. I want them to be able to know, no matter your age or situation, never give up on your dreams.”

Yvonne, Dayton Student

“I came to the United States searching for a future with my husband and two little boys. I wasn't sure how I was going to speak another language or where to start seaching for a job. I learned the language and got more confident about myself, but I felt like I was incomplete. I needed a career.”

Leslie, Laredo Graduate

“Having three small children hasn't always been easy, but striving to make sure they are secure is what drives me.”

Audreyona, IndianapolisStudent

“I am motivated by my students who are enrolled to make a better life for themselves and their families. It motivates me watching them overcome many life obstacles and cross that finish line and graduate. The strength of my students is amazing!”

Marianne, Fort Worth Staff Member

“I enjoy watching students evolve and become responsible, hard-working individuals.”

Kendra, Fort WorthStudent Finance Support Specialist

“My proudest moment was the first day I walked into class and found my place in life.”

Catherine, Fort Worth Student

“My children are my world, and I want them to see their mom as a successful person.”

Guadalupe, Modesto Student

“As a first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, and having been a young parent, I am motivated to help my students, many of whom share a similar life experience.”

Alex, Chula Vista Campus President

“I was afraid because I have been out of school for a very long time and was doubting myself, but I knew I needed to go back to school.”

Kimberly, Indianapolis Student

“My children motivate me. Their father died when they were 7 and 11. Now I must provide a life for them on my own.”

Rachel, Dayton Graduate

“I have always been in love with the dental field.”

Tyshawna, Indianapolis Student

“No matter what difficulties you face in life there is always hope. Tomorrow is another day with new opportunities. Love life, love people, love yourself. You are worth it.”

Amber, Modesto Student

“I chose the medical field because I want to be able to help people. You have to have a good heart and a lot of patience to work in this field.”

Monica, CharlotteStudent

“I have worked in Career Development for over five years and still have the same passion for helping our students as I did on day one. Improving the outlook of someone's life motivates me.”

Athenai, Fort Worth Staff Member

“Students motivate me every day. A chance to speak to them and show them that they do have a chance is extremely rewarding to me.”

Elizabeth, Fort WorthStudent Finance Support Specialist

“No matter how hard my circumstances were, I never gave up.”

Taviona, Riverside Graduate

“I loved my careeer in healthcare. Now I love passing on the knowledge and real-world experiences to my students.”

Margie, Fort Worth Instructor

“I realized that college parties, the traditional classroom setting, and being far from home was not for me. I knew I wanted to continue with a career path that would help people and benefit society.”

Natalie, Indianapolis Student

“You have to believe in yourself and believe that you are worth it every step of the way.”

Stephanie, Fort WorthInstructor

“The proudest moment of my life was when I had my first interview and they offered me the job. I am happy with the place, and I love my job!”

Mariana, Charlotte Graduate

“I always wanted to go back to school but it seemed impossible working full-time and taking care of four children. My kids are the reason I chose this field. They have a lot of problems with their teeth, and after so many treatments, I found out this career is very interesting.”

Mirla, Indianapolis Student

“It has taken me three tries and three different schools to find a place that I enjoy and a career field I love.”

Anna, Friendswood Student

“Technology has always interested me, as well as taking things apart and putting them back together.”

Cory, El Paso Instructor

“I proved to myself that obstacles do come your way, but when you have your mind set on what you want you will achieve it. I’m now a dental assistant!”

Paula, Corpus Christi Graduate

“No matter what may ever happen to you in life, you can pull yourself out.”

Brittany, NashvilleStudent

“I know what it’s like to lose everything then work hard to make a good life for myself and my children. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s not who you are, it’s who you can become.”

Melody Ann, Hammond Student Finance Supervisor