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Debi Whitley

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Homemaker and community volunteer

“I’ve been a homemaker for more than 30 years, and my husband and I raised five children who were born over 17 years. My youngest daughter is now in college, and the older ‘children’ all have their college degrees. Since I married right after high school and never went to college, I thought it was time to practice what I preached.

“Right before my son Aaron — who had gone to Brookhaven College — died at age 24, he encouraged me to go back to school. I started classes at Brookhaven in 2005 and have taken three or four classes each semester, working on my associate degree in Business Administration.

“Although I’ve taken most of my classes on-campus at Brookhaven, there have been times when it was more convenient to take an online course. The summer that my daughter had a baby, I went to stay with her, and I took two online courses so that I could still fit school into my schedule. The combination of distance learning and on-campus learning has been perfect for me.

“With distance learning, you can do whatever fits into your schedule. There’s more to life than just sitting around and watching TV.”

Debi Whitley is earning an associate degree at Brookhaven College and has taken several classes through distance learning. A volunteer for the American Red Cross, she has also held an appointed position with the city of Carrollton as a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee. She works extensively with her church and has held various leadership positions working with young children, youth and women.