Native Jordanian earns high school diploma, 20 years later and half a world away
June 23, 2017
This past week, Amer Odat received his high school diploma as a member of the inaugural class of Cuyahoga Community College’s Adult Diploma Program. Odat is among the first of many area adults who will change their lives through the program, which allows its students to obtain a high-school diploma and occupational credentials for in-demand fields.
What makes Odat’s story unique is that it began more than 20 years ago and thousands of miles away in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.
From having to quit high school in 10th grade to work in an olive oil factory, to mandatory service in the Jordanian Army, to immigrating to the U.S. at 21, Odat’s journey is an uncommon story of perseverance in pursuit of the American Dream.
WestLife recently chronicled Odat’s journey, from his native Jordan to becoming a high-school graduate in the U.S.