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Tragedy to Triumph: Barton GED success story

Now well-respected and an authority figure in the field of nursing, Debbie Tomlinson attributes her success in life to her education. “I now have a higher quality of life, and I have been able to afford a higher quality of life for my family,” she said. “From better housing and insurance to...

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Life for Debbie Tomlinson was not easy growing up. Her mother died of lung cancer when she was young and she moved to Kansas from California with her abusive, alcoholic father. She was beaten often and at the age of 15 she was kicked out of her house. She bounced around from home to home and eventually wound up married and pregnant at the age of 17. The lack of her home life stability coupled with her pregnancy caused her to drop out of high school, a decision she immediately regretted.
With a young child to care for and no ...


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