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image of Melitta WilliamsWhen Melitta Williams enrolled as a student at Maysville Community and Technical College she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in education.

I had been employed as a daycare worker at a YMCA where I enjoyed working with children, Melitta said. So, I decided to enroll in the Early Childhood Education Program at MCTC.

As simple as it may sound, attending college was a challenging decision for Melitta.

I went through several obstacles while deciding to attend MCTC in addition to having a baby, she said. MCTC inspired me to see the rewards of an education, such as getting a better paying job to provide stability in my own life as well as my daughters.

I felt that there were not as many opportunities for African American women or for women in general to gain an education. This made me value this means of gaining extended knowledge.

However, she had no idea just how far this first step would eventually lead. Melitta completed her Associate in Arts through MCTC then continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College.

I had decided to attend MCTC due to the accessibility the college offered, said Melitta. In addition to being able to pursue a quality degree that would have cost more at another institution I discovered that the instructors were very friendly and wanted their students to succeed. The classes were small and incorporated a lot of multicultural aspects. I received a good education and this helped me decide what career I wanted to pursue.

Tony Boyd, associate professor at MCTC, had the opportunity to work with Melitta as a student.

In my 22 years of service here at MCTC, I have not come across a student that worked harder and got more out of her ability than Melitta did, said Boyd. She always attacked her goals with a determination that was unmatched. She truly was a joy to work with.

Melitta continued on to complete a masters degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on a second master degree in Education.

I want to encourage students to find the flow behind what is important for their own learning process, she said. I have been in their shoes. You have to start at the bottom to establish a foundation for anything you want to do in life. There have been obstacles but they have been good ones. As a student at MCTC I learned that college could help me achieve those things I wanted in my life."