Although Valorie Fraction graduated from both Bogan High School with her high school diploma and Crane Medical Preparatory High School as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2008, she has yet to work in the medical field – but not for long. She is now on her way to an Associate Degree in Nursing with plans to go on to get a bachelor’s and maybe even a master’s degree.

Once Valorie graduated high school, she worked a few different jobs – for the post office, for a restaurant, and as a security guard – before she joined the Army Reserves and started her training in 2012. She also briefly tried taking college classes, but she had a lot going on in her personal life and just didn’t feel like she was ready.

Once she finished basic training and her Military Occupation Specialties Training (MOS) as a track mechanic, she was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq where she worked as both a track vehicle mechanic and recovery specialist. Now a sergeant, she’s currently going through the process to become a staff sergeant, and has been able to travel all over the world as a part of the Army Reserves. She’s also decided that after seven years in the military, she still wants to become a nurse.

She started taking classes at Olive-Harvey College in the fall of 2017, working her way through the prerequisites she will need to apply to nursing programs. She’s a frequent visitor to the Veterans Services Center to check in on her military benefits, get information from fellow veteran and Veterans Services Specialist Derek Tyson about events and opportunities for veterans, do her homework, and hang out with other vets. She’s also working on becoming part of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

With at least one more semester at Olive-Harvey College, Valorie is focused and disciplined as she works her way toward her ultimate goal of being either a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner.

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