Krystal's Story

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Empowered by education

Krystal Rose with her two daughters.

As a single mother of two young children, Krystal Rose is proud to have graduated as a Practical Nurse from Okanagan College last December.

“I wanted to show my kids that even as a single parent you can still go after your dreams no matter what obstacles are in your way,” says Rose.

Rose is no stranger to challenges. While going to school full-time, she struggled with finding suitable child-care in a new city where she didn’t have family support. 

Her education demanded much of her time, meaning working while going to school and raising her children was impossible. At one point, Rose was unsure if she could continue her education as she could no longer afford the costs. 

An award from a donor-funded bursary, along with several awards from Okanagan College, enabled Rose to focus on her most important priorities: her children and her studies. It paid off. Rose’s GPA at the time of this article is nearly 90 per cent.

“The financial aspect of going back to school was the biggest barrier I had to face as I had to pay for child care on top of my school supplies, tuition and living expenses. I am so grateful for the financial support I have received!”

Did you know?

  • There will be a shortage of nearly 25,000 Registered Nurses in B.C. by 2022
  • The nursing shortage is a combination of a large number of nurses retiring, and an increasingly older population
  • in 2035, one in four people in the Central Okanagan will be over the age of 65