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WKCTC Students Named to All-Academic Team

For Nicholas Curtis, life has been a series of challenges. A Fancy Farm resident, Curtis was making an above average salary at a local manufacturing plant when he was laid off in 2008. That same year, his father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma less than 10 years after Curtis had suffered the loss of his mother.

Before his father passed away, Curtis promised him that he would go back to college a promise he made good on when he enrolled at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in 2010. He began studying information technology, a highly technical field, despite having a poor Internet connection at his home and a computer that was not capable of running current programs.

Still, Curtis didnt give up.

Overcoming the technology obstacles and not having parental support are two major issues that would cause most students to fail, said Valerie Thompson, assistant professor of information technology. Nick has persevered and he will be the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Curtis along with fellow WKCTC student Krista Davis of Paducah will be among 32 of Kentuckys top college students honored as members of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's 2012 All-Academic Team during a May luncheon in Lexington.

Curtis and Davis will also be featured student speakers at WKCTC graduation ceremonies at the Luther Carson Four Rivers Center May 8. Retiring Communications Professor Donald Maley will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Curtis will receive an associate in applied science degree in information technology. He plans to transfer to Murray State University to pursue a degree in telecommunications systems management.

Davis, a National Science Foundation STEM recipient, will graduate next month with an associate in science degree and an associate in applied science degree in applied engineering technology. She plans to continue her education by pursuing an engineering degree in energy management in California.