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Elliott Named MCTC Student of the Month

November 2nd, 2020
by Brady Shultz

 

Portrait of Brittney Elliot smiling.Brittney Elliot, a second-year student studying Criminal Justice at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has been named the Student of the Month for November 2020.   

Learn bout Brittney and her journey back to the classroom below.   

Name: Brittney Elliott

Program of Study: Criminal Justice

Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2021

How did you learn about and MCTC? I was a returning student, I attended college 10 years ago but wasn’t able to finish. I was working several jobs and was discussed my desire to go back to school with my counselor at the community-based services office. She told me about the Ready to Work program at MCTC. Brie Bickley the program coordinator contacted me and helped me get started back to college.

Why did you choose MCTC/your program of study? I decided on Maysville Community College because even though I am closer to another community college, I felt that I would be more than just a number for the staff. College should be a personal and positive experience. The most staff I see know me on a first-name basis, which makes me more comfortable.

You are a work-study…briefly explain how that program works? I currently work under Brie Bickley with the Ready to Work program. The work-study is designed to give me hands-on experience in my career field. You pick different businesses in the community and ask if they would be interested in utilizing a paid work-study.  I am currently working at Bilz and Associates in Northern Kentucky, getting hands-on training as a paralegal.

Would you recommend applying for a work-study program to other students…why? I would recommend it. I have learned so much from just working in the law firm to prepare me for what I'm going to be doing when I graduate. Sometimes, it even works out that business hires you as a regular full-time employee. There are many benefits to doing a work-study.  

What do you like most about the MCTC/your program? I love MCTC and the staff. Everyone is always so helpful and kind, and always willing to go beyond to help you achieve your goals.  

What are your career goals? My goal is to obtain my certification as a paralegal. I am currently working in a law firm to give me hands-on experience.

How do you think MCTC and will help you achieve these goals? When they award me with the associate's degree, I will work to move forward with my bachelor's degree. Once I graduate in May of 2021, I will be transferring and finishing my education at a university.

Any words of advice for someone thinking of going to college or considering MCTC? Always start at a community college. Your life path changes sometimes, and prerequisites are expensive. Community colleges are cheaper and more personal. You get to know your professors and student body better. Start smaller, then work up to a bigger college.

To learn more about going back to school and the Ready to Work program at MCTC visit maysville.kctcs.edu