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Janice Clarice Workman was among 34 GCC graduates.

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Graduates celebrate success against long odds

Triumphant great-grandma among the record-breaking graduating class at GCC

When Janice Clarice Workman timidly signed up for a pottery class at Gila Community College (GCC) in 2004, all she wanted to do was “play with clay.” It never crossed her mind that class would change her life, inspire her grandchildren — and even make a little GCC history. But that’s exactly what the former high school dropout and great-grandmother did on Wednesday when she collected the first Associate of Arts degree in Arts Education ever granted by GCC in front of a happy throng of 300 people drawn to graduation ceremonies for the largest crop of grads in GCC history.

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