Student Success Stories

A Life of Caring (CLASS OF 2016)

Bowling Green State University Firelands College student Laura Bates is no stranger to medical facilities.  When she was young, she spent 15 years with her mother who was hospitalized from the neck down due to paralysis. Later, she spent another two years in and out of the hospital with her father who suffered from a rare and terminal blood disease. read more

Reaching all of Her Goals (CLASS OF 2016)

On May 7, Rachael Cummings earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and crossed the stage to receive her diploma with her fellow graduates. However, her college experience was much different than many of her peers read more

The Teacher-Student Connection (CLASS OF 2015)

“Do as I say, not as I do,” is an axiom that Bowling Green State University Firelands College Director of Clinical Education for Respiratory Care Technology Carol Puder has scoffed at for the last several years. read more

From the Ivory Coast to BGSU Firelands (CLASS OF 2015)

Rokya Miller applied herself, worked hard and earned outstanding grades. She was moving to the United States and felt that she was well prepared for the workforce. The reality of her situation was much different read more

Firelands teen earns associate degree along with high school diploma (Class of 2014)

Spring 2014 has been an exciting time for Thomas Chapman, Bowling Green State University Firelands College student. He turned 18, which is a major milestone is any teen’s life, he will graduate from Edison High School and he will be earning an associate degree from BGSU Firelands with 100 credit hours. read more


Nicki Chavarria’s path to a college diploma was certainly not typical. As a 37-year-old student, many would think her chances of success were less than average, but every morning she woke up for class she had two great reasons to push forward—her daughters. read more