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Reported by Len Morrow.

Susan Strickland, member of FBC, single mother of two teens, soldier, entrepreneur, and holder of numerous degrees, is a 21st century success story.

Susan opened a floral business in 1999 in her home. This business allowed her to pay her tuition to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC). In December 2005, she received a Floral Design Careers Studies Certificate from JSRCC.

She continued her studies, receiving an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Horticulture Technology in the spring of 2008 and an AAS in Culinary Arts in December 2008, both from JSRCC. Susan earned her most recent degree, Bachelor of Individual Studies in Horticultural Management, May 15, 2011 from Virginia State University.

Early in 2009 Susan decided she needed more financial security for her children. She joined the Army Reserve and went to boot camp. Her parents, Ed and Pam Strickland, also members of FBC, cared for her children. Her military training is in establishing liaison with Arab people, particularly women.

Susan continues to set goals, accept challenges and find success. In spite of a difficult economy, she opened a shop, With Love Flowers, in March 2010.

Editor’s note: Len worked with Susan at JSRCC. Her business is located at 9536 Jefferson Davis Highway; for information go to http://www.withloveflowers.com/.
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FBC member Len Morrow is a native of central Virginia. He holds degrees from the University of Richmond and a PhD from Cornell University. He has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Randolph-Macon College, and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Len is a Fellow in the Virginia Academy of Science, and a Gold Medal Award winner of the Professional Grounds Management Society. He instructs Master Gardeners, and is a volunteer gardener with Richmond Public Schools and with FBC.

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