Valedictorian says career center helped her decide future

CLEARCREEK TWP. — Karen Beal said she didn’t expect to go to the Warren County Career Center while she was a student in the Franklin school district.

But after seeing all the different programs at WCCC during a field trip, Beal said she saw her future.

The 18-year-old enrolled in the legal medical office technology program and, with a 4.3 grade point average, earned the title of valedictorian.

Beal spoke at the WCCC Senior Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 27, at the Oasis Church in Middletown.

She said she has enrolled in the nursing program at Miami University Middletown.

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“The legal medical program allowed me to explore careers in both fields and helped me decide that I want to be a nurse, and eventually work in a neo-natal unit,” Beal said.

Beal has been a member of the Franklin Fire Department’s Explorer program for several years and has applied to work there during the summer as a receptionist.

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