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Pasco-Hernando Community College Student Realizes the American Dream

Pasco-Hernando Community College

Sophea Danh


As a child, Sophea Danh worked in the rice paddies and vegetable fields of Vietnam helping to support her mother and three siblings. Just a few years later, Sophea's mother moved her family to the U.S. for a better chance at a good education and a successful future. Sophea, a hardworking, aspiring nurse, is now one step closer to realizing her "American dream." She recently earned her associate degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) and a few days later became an American citizen.

In 2009, when the Dahn family settled in Florida, Sophea enrolled at PHCC. Inspired by a nurse who aided her during a stomach surgery when she was young, she set out to start a career in nursing by obtaining her associate degree.

While at PHCC, she became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, mastered three languages (Cambodian, Vietnamese and English) and enrolled in five courses - all while volunteering her time as a tennis coach and an assistant at a rehabilitation facility. Sophea has applied for PHCC's registered nurse education program in pursuit of her dream to become a nurse.

Sophea has been described as a "true joy" by those she volunteers with and is an inspiration to all Florida students. Check out the Tampa Bay Times article on Sophea Danh's recent achievements.