EX-OCTC STUDENT EARNS DOCTORATE, JOINS FACULTY
|Author: Bobbie Hayse Messenger-Inquirer|
Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2017
Michelle Edwards grew up in a household where college wasn't talked about.
In 1997, she was hired as a student worker in the library, and a year later, she was hired full time there. During this time, she began taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement options that were provided by the school, which helped her to earn an associate's degree from OCTC; a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University and a master's degree from the University of Louisville.
Recently, Edwards, an Owensboro native, acquired her doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership from WKU, and she said all of these accomplishments could not have been possible without getting her start at the community and technical college.
The small class sizes allowed for her to connect with instructors, and watching how they interacted with students made her realize her passion for education.
Now, Edwards is an associate professor of early childhood education, and she hopes to encourage other students to reach their goals. She also shares her story with students in an effort to motivate them.
"I constantly tell (my students) 'You can get there just one class at a time,'" she said. "You will get there. You will get where you want to be if you just don't stop."
She said that coming from a background where higher education didn't seem like an option helped to make her a better student and helped her to keep pushing toward her goals.
"You just have to keep pushing, and you're going to make it," she said.
Bobbie Hayse, email@example.com, 270-691-7315, Twitter:@BobbieHayseMI
College students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance.
Whether it is emotional, environmental, spiritual, or financial, there are many more areas of wellness than meets the eye. WKU offers a variety of support services and resources to help you stay balanced.
Dr. Whitney Harper, assistant professor in the WKU Department of Social Work is dedicated to guiding students on a path of higher learning.
No Featured Articles for this category
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,