NEMCC 2015-2016 Student of the Year Nominee

June 1, 2016

Aleisha McDonald

NEMCC 2015-2016 Student of the Year Nominee

Aelisha McDonald

Aelisha has had her share of obstacles, but instead of letting her difficulties get her down, she uses them as motivation to make a better life for herself and her family.  After going through a devastating divorce, Aelisha found herself raising her three boys, one of who is special needs, alone.  She had been laid off from her office job in the furniture industry, and she was finding it difficult to find anything comparable without her high school diploma.  She decided to do something about it.

In July 2015, Aelisha enrolled in classes at NEMCC’s Iuka Lab and started her journey toward her GED.  Soon, however family matters and the necessity of finding work—even if it was low-wage and temporary—caused her to have to drop out.  This was not the end of the road for Aelisha, though.  By December, she was able to re-enroll in classes, and by the end of January 2016, she had earned her GED.  While in classes at Iuka for her high school credential, Aelisha also entered into the Medical and Business Office Assisting MI-Best Career Pathway.  She was enrolled in three classes counting toward that certification, and continued to attend those after earning her GED.

Since becoming exposed to the possibilities that exist for her and further exploring her interests, Aelisha has decided she wants to go above and beyond a career certification, and has begun the process of gaining acceptance into the Medical Lab Technology Program at Northeast.  She plans to start in that program in the Fall, 2016 semester.  With her drive and determination, Aelisha is sure to be a success in anything she does.


Nominated by Ms. Rachel Norman

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