JCCC Stories

Sisters achieve ‘American Dream’

September 25, 2017


Two sisters found paths to their dreams at JCAE.

It’s no dream, it’s a reality.

Where other girls dreamed of becoming princesses, Cecilia Lopez dreamt of the day she would be eligible to be a judge.

Grit — and support from her sister — makes it possible.

Cecilia and her sister Jessica are achievers. The sisters had housekeeping jobs for almost 10 years before they decided to pursue education. Their journey of academic and career success started at Johnson County Adult Education’s GED® program where both earned diplomas and then pressed on for more.

Cecilia graduated from JCCC with an associate's degree and transferred to Rockhurst University to earn a bachelor's degree. She is currently studying law at the University of Kansas, on her way to achieving her dreams.

Jessica also earned an associate's degree at JCCC and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She’s currently employed at Cerner Corporation. 

Cecilia says, “I know that the American dream is a labor of hard work and imagination, of not giving up when the road gets hard. I do not see limits, but obstacles that I must overcome. I have been told many times that one person cannot change the world, but time and time again I see how wrong that statement is … a college education is an investment in my community, an opportunity to help others improve their lives."

And, her sister Jessica echoes that sentiment. “We had the GED and we started building from that … JCCC was the perfect fit. They had evening classes and understood nontraditional students like me. I felt the support that I didn’t have anywhere else. Years ago, I didn’t have the drive or the faith. I was another person. I am a different person now.”  

Learn more about how JCCC’s Johnson County Adult Education program helps people take their best first steps toward their dreams.