July 4, 2024 at 1:59 p.m.

Preston Among Top Gaston College Grads

Earns associate’s degree in nursing
Madison Preston
Madison Preston
(Photo Courtesy Gaston College)

DALLAS––Madison Blanton Preston is among the top members of Gaston College’s recent group of grads.

Preston began the Career and College Promise (or College Now) program at Gaston College when she was a junior at East Gaston High School in 2021. Through College Now, she was admitted to the associate degree nursing (or ADN) program in the spring of her senior year and started taking nursing classes the fall after her high school graduation two years ago.

She wanted to participate in College Now, because she knew that she wanted to go straight into nursing school, and so it was important to get classes started as soon as possible to lighten the load during nursing school. Preston chose the ADN program because, she said, because:

“I knew I wanted a career where I could finish my day feeling fulfilled and like I did something bigger than myself. Nursing is one career that I felt could achieve these goals.”

Through College Now, Preston was able to get all but two of her prerequisite/co-requisite courses completed prior to starting nursing school.

“This made my courseload throughout the program lighter and, I feel, played a big role in my success throughout the program,” she said. “I was able to truly put all my focus into my main courses.”

College Now enabled Preston to complete the nursing program just two years after her high school graduation. Ordinarily, the program takes three years at the minimum.

Preston plans to continue her education by pursuing her bachelor of science degree in nursing after graduation from Gaston College. She will then possibly go further by earning her nurse practitioner license, with a focus on women’s health. Her current career plans include working in an emergency department as a new nurse and gaining new skills daily while working toward certifications in her field.

“The College Now program is an awesome route for students to take, whether you are sure of your career path or not,” said Preston. “I am thankful for my high school counselors and counselors at Gaston College that encouraged me to get involved in this program that has ultimately led to my success as a Gaston College graduate!”



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