NEMCC 2015-2016 Student of the Year Nominee

June 1, 2016

NEMCC 2015-2016 Student of the Year Nominee

Bryan Holland

Like many high school students, Bryan found it difficult to “fit in” in high school.  He felt “invisible” to his teachers and fellow classmates. When one feels like an outsider in school, one tends to shut down, shut out, and disengage.  This is what happened to Bryan Holland.

Bryan entered GED class in November 2015, at our Corinth center.  After completing Professional Development and earning 3 hours of college credit, from passing the challenge exam; he decided he wanted to do more than just GED.  Therefore, Bryan dual enrolled in our Career Pathway Industrial Maintenance program in January 2016 and he continued to attend GED classes.  Bryan attended class four nights per week, he never faltered, he never missed a day, and he never complained.

In April 2016, Bryan earned his GED.  In May 2016, he completed his Industrial Maintenance course and is now working on his last class to complete the NEMCC Workforce Career Certification in Industrial Maintenance.  Along the way, he has earned a Gold certification on the CRC, two certifications from Skills USA – in Customer Service and Employability; passed a college challenge exam, is preparing for three more college challenge exams, has earned the Manufacturing Skills Basic certification, passed the OSHA 10 exam, became CPR certified, AND is currently about half way through a Microcomputer Applications course, after which, he will attempt the IC3 certification exam.

Bryan now works with other GED students as a peer tutor, has been interviewed and filmed as a spotlight student for a marketing video for IM, and plans to continue his education by enrolling at NEMCC this fall.  All this from a quiet, shy, disengaged student that walked through our door only 6 months ago! Talk about “coming in like a lamb and out like a lion”….he has far exceeded any expectations we had for him or those he

had for himself. He is humble, still a little shy, but walking taller than he ever did before.

Nominated by Ms. DeAnne Smith and Angela K. Bass

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Written by Steven Davis

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