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WKCTC July Student of the Month

Justin JacksonJustin Jackson made a promise to his grandmother that he would earn a college degree, and he is honoring that promise at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With commitment and dedication to his education and his community, Jackson was recently named WKCTC's July Student of the Month.

"Of all the students that could have been picked, they chose me. I'm proud to be recognized for the hard work and effort I put forth," Jackson said. "I am working hard to honor my grandmother's memory and to be a role model for my daughter. I want her (daughter) to have a better life and more opportunities than I had; that's why my education is so important."

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.

Jackson, 24, of McCracken County, is majoring in business administration with a concentration accounting and economics. A WKCTC student ambassador, Jackson is also a member of the multicultural club, speech and debate team and business club. He plans to transfer to Murray State University next spring to earn a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting. He wants to attend law school and study criminal and family law.

"Justin has overcome inordinate obstacles in order to be successful in his academic studies and personal life. He is a positive example to others and makes a positive difference in the lives of those struggling to persist due to obstacles," said Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC vice president of student development. "Through his commitment, strong work ethics and the support of others, he has been able to address those barriers and remain steadfast in pursuing his educational goals."

When asked what advise he would give to fellow students, Jackson said, "it's important to work hard and don't be afraid to speak up when you need help. There are faculty, staff and others students who are always there to help you develop what you need to succeed."

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