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Jessica Alexander selected as WKCTC Student of the Month

Paducah, KY (April 15, 2016) Jessica Alexander, a student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is the first in her family to go to college. Throughout her childhood, she thought that would never happen. Diagnosed with dyslexia in kindergarten, she has faced many challenges. But with her dedication and determination, Alexander excels academically and works hard daily to overcome that challenge. That strength is just one of the reasons Alexander was recently named WKCTCs March Student of the Month.

Surprised and honored to be Student of the Month, Alexander said she is proud of her accomplishments. I was diagnosed (with dyslexia) so early; I was taught to do word exercises, along with all the rest of the work that was demanded of me throughout school, said 21-year-old Alexander, a Livingston County native.

Although I may sometimes still mix up my letters or may get a word wrong all together, I continue to work hard and earn high grades. To those who have learning problems and want to still go college, you can do it. Just find a college that has a great learning assistance program and smaller classes like WKCTC, Alexander said.

As a student ambassador at the college, Alexander volunteers both on and off campus. She serves on WKCTCs academic appeals committee and diversity and inclusion advisory committee. She volunteers for the Barbeque on the River each year and helped with this years Super Sunday celebration focused on Hispanic recruitment.

Jessica stands out at functions as a positive role model and college representative. She is a servant to the community and is always willing to give back to improve the community where we live and work, said Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC vice president of student development. She provides prospective visitors and students with a realistic glimpse of the WKCTC experience, ...and she is able to promote student success and serve as an exemplary example, said Russell.

Working toward an associate in science degree, Alexander is set to graduate from WKCTC in December 2016, and plans transfer to Southern Virginia University. Her goal in life is to help others as a physical therapist assistant.

The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus. Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence and active participation in various student organizational activities.

Student of the Month recipients receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition on the WKCTC Facebook page, campus announcements and Web site. Recipients are also recognized by Pepsi MidAmerica and receive one free month's supply of their favorite Pepsi product.