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Help reduce recidivism - Send kyrrah back to school

Organized by: kyrrah nork

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March 17, 2016

13 days and a wake-up 'til I get out of work-release!! I start the spring quarter on April 4th....WOW! See More

THE STORY:

I refuse to end up as a statistic in the seemingly never-ending narrative on drug abuse and crime. I will become the person that is involved in the conversation about the benefits of an education, at any age, and the way it contributes to the reduction of recidivism. My name is Kyrrah Nork and I am returning to school at the age of 46. I will be attending Seattle Central College starting in the spring quarter and plan on earning an AAS-T degree in web and mobile app development. This is a field of study that has long interested me but which I never took the time to pursue until approximately four and a half years ago. In 2010 I was convicted and sentenced to five years of incarceration in the Washington state Dept. Of Corrections, but let me begin further back. I began my journey to prison due to a heroin addiction that began at the age of 23. I also began to do the things that addicts do to support a habit. I won't dwell on that aspect but needless to say I managed to get myself into a lot of trouble both physically and legally. Upon my being sent to Washington State Penitentiary I found that I had two options: continue down the path I was travelling or make a change in my life. I decided on the latter of the two. I enrolled in Walla Walla Community College which offered an AA degree program at the prison. At first it was simply an alternative to sitting around and watching TV. As time progressed I found that not only did I enjoy the classes and learning, but that I was good at them as well. During the time at WSP I earned not just my AA-DTA degree with a 4.0 GPA, but a one year graphic design certificate, basic computer certificate and a bookkeeping certificate. I also found that in addition to my desire to learn, I had the ability to pass on that knowledge as a Teacher's Aide. I worked as a TA for graphic design, basic computers, math and GED classes while taking up to 18 credits of classes. I continued working as a TA until my transfer to work-release in October 2015. Since that time I have been working as a welder and will be released on March 31, 2016. I will begin classes on April 4th, but unfortunately the classes I will be taking will make it impossible for me to continue working for my current employer. I do plan on finding part-time work that will fit around my school schedule. All funds raised will be used for school (tuition and books). Classes start April 4th and donations at any time will go towards my 3 years of school. Thank-you for taking the time to donate, I am truly thankful. Kyrrah Nork March 2, 2016

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