Vickie Knight has seen how the other half lives, and knows that one day, she too, will get back on her feet thanks to the opportunities afforded her through education.

Knight, a Compton native, who found herself homeless through a seers of unfortunate circumstances, recently spent a few days in the luxury of the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia. She was in the City of Brotherly Love to accept an award for being named the 2010 National Graduate of the Year by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Knight was nominated for the honor by ICDC College, where she was enrolled in a alcohol and drug counseling program.

Knight decided to take this educational route, after living in a homeless shelter on L.A.’s Skid Row, and seeing all the people grappling with substance abuse.