An old adage goes “Things happen in three.” That’s how Dr. Bibi Trinidad Sierra defines her legacy. The legacy her family bestowed upon her started with her grandmother, a native of Puerto Rico.
College is challenging in the best of circumstances. Add stressors like housing insecurity and learning a new language and even the most determined student feels like giving up at times. Hilaria Valdez has been there. She faced obstacles that would deter just about anyone. Yet she persisted and earned her degree at Lehigh Carbon Community College and recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Temple University.
Through a partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, in place of the typical clinical experience LCCC nursing students are exposed to, our nursing students were given the opportunity to take part in the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics at its Miner’s and Lehighton facilities.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) selects two students—one traditional, one adult learner—to speak at Commencement every year. For Commencement 2021, Rose Reyes and Jamie Knerr were chosen for this honor.