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February Student of the Month is a Distinguished Over-Achiever

MARIETTA, OH (Feb. 2, 2017)—Being selected as February Student of the Month at Washington State Community College (WSCC) isn't high school senior Brittany Martin's first recognition for doing more than expected. Her hard work and dedication in the classroom will culminate this spring when she receives two associate degrees from WSCC at the same time she graduates from high school.

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January Student of the Month Breaking with Stereotypes

MARIETTA, OH (Jan. 19, 2017)--Brittany Reed grew up in the garage alongside her Dad. Some of her earliest memories are of her learning tools so she could help him under the hood. Her formative years turning wrenches was the beginning of her life's passion that ultimately led her to Washington State Community College (WSCC) to pursue a degree in Automotive Technology. In the classroom, her skill, desire, and overall zeal earned her recognition as January's Student of the Month.

In a profession that sees very few female mechanics (less than 1% of diesel mechanics are women), Reed is among a pioneering group blazing a trail for women in the garage. But she doesn't necessarily identify herself as an advocate for the future of women gear heads. "I don't think women should be more receptive to this career path, explained Reed. "I think women should do what makes them comfortable, and if what makes them comfortable is a man's career, don't be afraid to pursue it and do it well."

As part of a classroom requirement, Reed maintains a weekly blog. Her perspective, knowledge, and wit there make her a stand-out student beyond the classroom. Recently, her blog received national attention from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) and Luscious Garage, a California-based female-owned service center that has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times. "Important people are taking note of what's she's doing," said WSCC Auto Diesel Assistant Professor Jeffrey Starkey. Carolyn Coquillette, owner of Luscious Garage, is currently in contact with Reed to set up a private tour of her shop in San Francisco.

"It's obvious she loves working on these big trucks. I see it in her work and how she conducts herself," Starkey said. "She's not intimidated by the gender expectation. She comes to class, tackles the work and proves herself worthy every day. She's definitely going places."

Reed acknowledges she has found success by following her heart. "The way I see it, to succeed you need to do what you're good at, get better at it and make a life doing what you love," she reasoned. She is working toward her Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in Diesel Truck Systems and is considering expanding her education into engineering. Presently, Reed is enjoying an internship at McMahon Truck Center, but has long-term aspirations to move out West and expand her skill in performance vehicles and ultimately race top-performance dragsters.

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has fueled the community's future through education. We work to make a positive impact by providing opportunities for growth. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to enrich your life, we cultivate pathways to guide you toward future growth. Be inspired. Be WSCC. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.

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Reception Planned for WSCC's Fall Graduation and December Student of the Month Recognized

MARIETTA, OHIO (December 6, 2016)--Washington State Community College (WSCC) will hold a reception for the fall 2016 graduating class on December 7. Cody Lee, one of the top performers of his class, in addition to receiving his diploma, is being recognized as the December Student of the Month.

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WSCC Honors Veteran as November Student of the Month

MARIETTA, OH (November 9, 2016)—Timothy McDaniel credits his never quit attitude to the United States Marine Corps, which he relies on as a student at Washington State Community College (WSCC). His approach and dedication to learning has earned him the honor of November's Student of the Month.

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WSCC Recognizes Wyatt Baker as October Student of the Month

MARIETTA, Ohio (October 12, 2016) – Washington State Community College (WSCC) is excited to announce nursing student Wyatt Baker as October Student of the Month. The Student of the Month program was created to recognize those students that strive for success by overcoming obstacles and committing to complete their education.

Inspired by the care given his grandmother during her hospital stays, Wyatt Baker knew in high school that he wanted to pursue a career in nursing. "The time that I spent with my grandma through her hospital stays, up to end-of-life care, encouraged me to enter the field," Baker said. "I only hope that I can make a difference in peoples' lives like those nurses did for my grandma."

He began as a WSCC Post Secondary Enrollment Options Student (now called College Credit Plus) working toward and ultimately becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, but Baker didn't want to stop there. He established a clear vision for his future and decided to continue his education and is set to graduate with his Associate Degree in Nursing next year.

His nursing propensity is apparent to his instructors, co-workers and patients alike. In addition to maintaining an A-average in classroom work and clinical rotations, his patients regularly sing his praises said WSCC Associate Professor Tracey Bogard. "I've received many compliments from his patients on his professionalism. I've heard stories from his co-workers of how he will come to work and help with patients, even in the middle of the night or on his day off, at their request. He truly cares about people."

Baker attributes his success to hard work, compassion and good time management. Currently, while going to school full-time and maintaining excellent grades, he also has a job and volunteers for a local hospice agency. He has no plans to slow down any time soon. Following graduation next spring, he wants to begin working as a nurse and enroll at Ohio University to earn his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

Baker is paving the way for other men to consider a career in nursing. With males representing less than 10% of the nursing workforce, this is considered a nontraditional career path. In fact, any occupation that employs less than 25% of either gender is considered to be nontraditional. WSCC recognizes the value that both men and women bring to every field, and has established a week to recognize and encourage students who are, or are considering, a major in a nontraditional program. During the week of October 17, WSCC will be reminding students that men can and do excel in nursing, massage therapy, early childhood education, social services and business administration services. Likewise, there is opportunity for women in careers related to automotive technologies, computer science, criminal justice, engineering and information technology.

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has fueled the community's future through education. We work to make a positive impact by providing opportunities for growth. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to enrich your life, we cultivate pathways to guide you toward future growth. Be inspired. Be WSCC. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.

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