High school dropout, recovering addict finds MCTC path to better life
Dec 3, 2019
By Keith Kappes
How does a person with no job skills overcome being a high school dropout, a mother of two young daughters, and a recovering addict in order to achieve personal success?
Angeleah Godsey of Mt. Olivet believes she succeeded as a first-generation college student under those challenging circumstances because of her own hard work, her faith, commitments to and from her family and the personal support and academic opportunities available at Maysville Community and Technical College.
Her reference to MCTC starts with Michelle Thoroughman, assistant professor and coordinator of MCTC’s medical laboratory technology program, whom she says provided high quality instruction, sound advice and personal encouragement.
“I’m not sure I would have made it without the constant support of Ms. Thoroughman and others at MCTC who do so much for their students,” Angeleah said recently. “After making some bad choices, I never dreamed that someday I could be a medical professional with a well-paying job and a brighter future for my family.”
Today, Angeleah is a nationally-certified medical laboratory technician at St. Elizabeth Grant County in Williamstown. Her children, Nicole, 10, and Jamie, 6, and her husband, James, are proud of what she has achieved and were her cheerleaders along the way.
Angeleah feels her achievements make her a good example for others who also have struggled with low self-esteem for whatever reason.
“Staying focused on going to college can be difficult at times but the sense of personal pride in making it to graduation means it was worth it,” she recalls.
“I felt that her intelligence and positive personality would lead to her success as a college student despite the fact she had dropped out of high school in the
9th grade,” said Thoroughman. “But she deserves the credit for overcoming her addiction, for meeting her family obligations and for doing so well academically in earning her GED, her associate degree and her national certification in medical laboratory technology.”
Thoroughman feels earning the GED likely was the first turning point for Angeleah because it gave her a confidence boost when she passed the four subject matter examinations that certify a test taker has high-school level academic skills.
Angeleah’ s GED was completed through MCTC’s adult education program which serves former high school students in seven area counties.
“I’m so proud of Angeleah because she has come so far from where she started and has literally changed the direction of her life and that of her family,” added Thoroughman.
“Educationally, I found everything I wanted and needed on the MCTC campus,” Angeleah said. “It truly was a life-changing experience.”
For more information about finding a better life for yourself or someone important to you, go online to maysville.kctcs.edu.