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Two WKCTC Students Selected for KCTCS Academic Team

West Kentucky Community and Technical College students, Kerrie Peck and Mathew Petersen, have been named to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) All-Kentucky Academic Team in recognition of their academic achievements.

Peck, a native of Paducah and an associate degree in nursing student, is a member of the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (KANS). Through being active in KANS, she realized her passion for helping others. Giving back to the community is a wonderful experience, she said. Peck was also one of WKCTC students nominated for the All-USA Today Academic Team.

Im very excited to be selected; I feel fortunate to have been able to interact with a wide variety of people on campus. At a larger campus, I dont think I would have had the selected opportunity." said Peck.

Petersen, of Marshall County, is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah on the WKCTC campus. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, the prestigious international honor society for students in two-year colleges. He was selected as Student Affairs Student of the Month in November and is a student worker in the colleges advising center.

My foundation, in the advising center, has provided me with a mindset of service and assistance, Petersen stated. With their help I have become very proactive on the (WKCTC) campus and I am always looking for new ways to get involved, he followed. I cant believe I was nominated.

When asked if WKCTC had changed Petersens outlook on anything, Petersen said, Getting in school and working towards a degree has given me a new outlook on life in general. He continued, Before, I was working a dead-end job with no future and now my self-esteem has increased by the support of WKCTC.

The KCTCS All-Academic Team is sponsored by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The purpose of this program is to recognize scholarly achievements of students in the 16 KCTCS community and technical colleges. To be nominated for the All-Kentucky Academic Team student nominees must have completed at least twelve credit hours, be eligible to graduate between December 1, 2010-August 31, 2011, and post a cumulative 3.25 grade point average.

Peck and Petersen will be recognized for selection to the KCTCS All-Kentucky Academic Team at a luncheon in Lexington on May 16, 2011.