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For Alicia Moore, the Air Force promised to be an avenue for furthering her education and launching a career. Now, after balancing her education with working as a school nurse, serving in the Air National Guard and being a single mother, Moore is within weeks of receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing.

While at Galt High School, Moore was involved with the drama club and credits her childhood development class with sparking her interest in working with kids.

“We went out to local elementary schools and worked with the children there,” she said. “That is when I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that worked with children. I just didn’t know what that would be yet.”

Unsure of what career path would be the best fit for her and wanting to experience the world beyond Galt, Moore’s senior project focused on the Air Force. After she graduated in 2010, she enlisted.

“I felt that, in order for me to grow personally and in my career, I needed to get out of my hometown, experience new places and meet new people,” Moore said. “I also didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do right out of high school, so I counted on the military to help me with that choice.”

Moore was active duty for three years. While stationed at Travis Air Force Base, she worked in the records department and in Medical Information Systems. She then transitioned to the Air National Guard, where she works one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year.

“I decided to leave active duty to pursue my career in nursing. I was enrolled in online classes during my active duty time; however, it would have been near impossible to attend a nursing program while active duty,” she said.

Moore attended the 13-month vocational nursing certification program at Jersey College School of Nursing in New Jersey. With this qualification under her belt, she has been a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for the past four years and has been working as a school nurse for two and a half years. She returned to school with University of Phoenix and is anticipating graduating with her Bachelor of Science in nursing in November of this year. She is looking forward to continuing to work in pediatrics as a registered nurse (RN).

“I enjoy helping others. It gives me joy knowing that, at the end of the day, my job is to help people, sometimes at their most vulnerable state … Nursing is a career that never stops giving; I am always learning new things in this amazing career,” she said. “Success to me is being able to do what I love every day. A job isn’t always fun, and there will be bad days but, in general, I want to feel fulfilled about what I am doing.”

Eventually, Moore hopes to continue on to earn her Master of Science in nursing, which would allow her to teach or promote to a leadership role.

“As a single parent, pursuing higher education comes with its own specific struggles. I have always been inspired by other single parents that have made their dreams come true, and now that I am doing the same, I hope to inspire others that it is possible,” Moore said. “The sacrifices are temporary, but the rewards last a lifetime. My daughter is my biggest motivation – whether she knows that or not.”

Moore is looking forward to having more free time after she graduates and is planning to take her 4-year-old daughter Summer on road trips to explore, and spend more time at the park, reading and playing with their dogs.