Obtaining a degree is hard work and students can find themselves exemplifying persistence and diligence in ways that they hadn’t done before. Eric Anderson, the 2014 Outstanding Graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree is no exception. Now 20 years after he first started taking classes in 1994, Anderson has been able to complete all courses and finally receive his degree.
Emily Evans wants to design and perfect prosthetic hands. This goal doesn’t come from a whim or a fascination; Evans wants to learn everything she can about hands so that she can potentially design one for her mother.
Kevin Puckett knew that being homeschooled and starting college with a GED was different. Noticing the differences between the two learning environments, Puckett was hesitant at first, but has worked through the obstacles of obtaining a degree and is now the 2014 outstanding graduate with an Associate of Science (AS) degree.
In 2005 after seeing the cancer that struck her father go into remission, Jessie Wann and her father decided it was time for a vacation. The father-daughter duo went on to see over 200 bands in one summer. It was during that time Wann found her passion for music and set her sights on her dream, to land a job in the music industry.
“The physical exhaustion that I felt while attending classes was overwhelming, but I knew that in the end it would be worth it,” says Rachael Murphy. Murphy, who is a mother of two sons, a local volunteer, marathon runner, and this year’s outstanding graduate for the Associate of Arts degree has plenty of reasons for being physically exhausted. Reasons aside, Murphy has been able to overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of obtaining a degree.
Damien Jim knew that to achieve his dream of becoming a professional graphic designer, he needed to start his educational path as soon as possible. One year ago was when Jim decided it was important to choose NPC first to help develop the graphic design skills he needed for attending a university.
Lorin Jessup has a passion for leadership. “I’m willing to go out there and fix things, I’m comfortable with people looking up to me and asking me how I can help.” With those skills in mind, becoming the 2013-2014 president of the NPC Student Government Association seemed like a natural fit for Jessup.
Beth Harbold believes in giving back to her community. That’s why she enrolled in NPC’s Nursing program to upgrade her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) skills to become a Registered Nurse (RN) specializing in pediatric special needs.