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WKCTC Students Named to All-USA Academic Team

West Kentucky Community and Technical College student Danielle Dukes and former WKCTC student Dylan Green were recently recognized as WKCTC nominees for the 2013 All-USA Academic Team.

The All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges, recognizes exceptional students at the nations community colleges. Each year, outstanding students are selected by the presidents of community and technical colleges to participate in the team. The selected students represent the highest level of achievement in the areas of scholarship, service, and leadership.

Green, of Ballard County, graduated from WKCTC last fall with an Associate in Applied Science degree. While at WKCTC, Green was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and served as a student ambassador representing the college both on campus and the community. He also helped many of his fellow classmates as a member of the TRIO Student Support Services and as a student worker in various campus areas including the college bookstore, human resources office, financial aid, advising and the Wellness Center.
Being selected for the All USA-Academic Team makes me feel as if I can do anything with my life, said Green. And to actually be recognized and awarded for my accomplishments is a big honor that will help me reach my future goals.

Green is now attending Murray State University (MSU) majoring in athletic training and pre-physical therapy. He plans to graduate with an athletic training certification and continue to study physical therapy while working in the athletic training field. Afterwards, I would like to help strengthen awareness in area high schools about the importance of sports medicine and how it impacts students and communities. From being accepted into the athletic training program to getting a job on campus, a summer internship with MSU varsity cheerleading and being elected as secretary for the MSU Athletic Trainers Association, this recognition has already helped me so much.

Lyon County resident Danielle Dukes also believes the All-USA Academic Team selection is a stepping-stone to her future. Im so honored have been selected for the All-USA Academic Team; to be recognized for my achievements means so much to me.

After leaving the United States Air Force in 2003 where she served as a police officer, Dukes moved back to her parents home in St. Louis to raise her son and go to school. She earned a medical assistant and EMT-B certificate and was able to move out of her parents home. She worked for four and a half years as a medical assistant. However, Dukes said she needed a higher income for her family. So she took the opportunity to move back in with her parents, now residing in Kentucky, to apply for the radiography program at WKCTC. She will graduate in May with an Associate in Applied Science degree.

I didn't consider further education right after completing my associates degree. I had planned on waiting around five years to start a four year radiation therapy program, Dukes said. But with this wonderful nomination, my college plans may have changed. I am applying for Saint Louis University radiation therapy program, and if scholarships come my way from this nomination, I hope to start St. Louis University this fall.