Thirty-two Jefferson Community and Technical College students were honored March 29 during the annual African-American Students of Excellence Awards program on the college’s Downtown Campus.
"I am always inspired by the students we honor with the AASE awards, said Dr. Tony Newberry, president of the college. “Some demonstrate remarkable resiliency in their ability to overcome challenges and others excel in pursuit of their goals. You have to admire the dedication of these students and their desire to succeed.”
The program, sponsored by the college’s Black Affairs Advisory Committee, also honored Nina Moseley, chief operating officer of Wayside Christian Mission, with a Community Service Award. Jefferson provides educational programs to many Wayside residents.
Two faculty members were recognized with service awards. Professor Marlisa Austin, division chair for Humanities on the Downtown Campus, Institutional Service Award.
Charla Young, chief executive officer of Power to Change Communications, was the keynote speaker. The former news reporter and WAVE-TV 3 Troubleshooter spoke to the students about pursuing their dreams. She recounted moments in her own career when friends and family, faith and a little good luck kept her going toward her own dreams.
To qualify for the award, African-American students must have 30 credit hours at Jefferson and a minimum 3.25 GPA.