image of Jason Butler(Maysville, KY) It is not unusual for college graduates to be willing to share stories of their success as students in higher education. But, they often move onto jobs in other places and retain their college experiences as fond memories of the past.

That is not the end of the story, however, for Jason Butler, Maysville native and Distance Learning Technology specialist at Maysville Community and Technical Colleges Maysville Campus.

Jason started out like many other recent high school graduates.

To be honest, I was an 18 year old kid with no direction of what I wanted to do with my education and my career, he said. I knew that coming to a smaller institution might be advantageous for me in my hometown. I would know some faces and possibly build a great network to use later in life.

He had no idea at the time of the impact his decision to attend MCTC would have on his future career.

I liked the fact that the college was so close to home, he said. Being able to work while going to school and the small classroom environment were the main reasons I chose MCTC at the time. Today, I feel like I have come full circle. I am employed at MCTC and am able to give something back to students who are starting out just like I did. The late Dr. Berry helped me so much with enrolling in classes. Then I met my mentor in the late Gary DeVaughn. He helped me tremendously by guiding me down the right path toward a career that I love in Communications.

As a student, Jason gained hands on technical skills in video editing and producing a news show with the former college television program, Inside Look. He also worked at WFTM Radio in Maysville.

My position here at the college gives me an opportunity to work with students in the Distance Learning area. I can help students with their technology needs but I can also relate to them with my own story. So many times, technology is not the only thing a student seeks help with. A lot of times they just need reassurance that they are doing the right thing.

Two years ago, Jason received the New Horizons Award at Maysville Community and Technical College, said MCTC President Ed Story. This award is presented to one employee each year in recognition of outstanding work at the College. Jason was selected by his colleagues. He is certainly an asset to our college and I feel sure he will experience many more successes as his career unfolds.

Jason considers Maysville to be his home with his wife, Tabatha, also an employee of MCTC, and their children.

I love Maysville, the community, the people, and the college. The college is where it all started for me. I now have a career in the same halls that guided me toward my own success.