Patricia Haas (left), a family consultant with Heartland Early Education Center, Cristina Nieto, Jordan Dickey and her son Maverick Wylie, and dad, Maverick Wylie, went to Washington, D.C., for the National Headstart Association 2017 Fall Leadership Institute and Parents as Leaders Training. [Sarah Brown / Salina Journal]

When Salina teenagers Maverick Wylie and Jordan Dickey found out Jordan was pregnant, they didn’t know what to expect.

Dickey, 18, said she was overcome with disbelief.

“I just couldn’t wrap my head around what it would be like to have a baby at 16,” she said.

Dickey, who will graduate from Central High this year, is working toward certified nursing assistant and certified medical assistant degrees from Salina Area Technical College through a partnership with the Salina School District.