America is the land of opportunity - just ask Ana Patino. When Ana left her mother and her home of Bogota, Colombia at the age of 17 to pursue higher education in the United States, she knew there would be many challenges.
Her native language was Spanish; she only began learning English at the age of 15. At a very young age, Ana quickly learned persistence and responsibilit - and now she is flourishing.
She landed in Charlotte to finish high school and took dual enrollment classes. In January 2016, she enrolled in Career and College Promise program at Central Piedmont Community College.
"I decided to continue with CPCC because I witnessed how many opportunities there are for students to become successful," she said.
After her time at Central Piedmont is complete, she plans to attend a four-year university for finance and subsequently get her master's degree.