Thursday, April 24, 2014

More student stories

As we continue our 'Countdown to Commencement' (, stories of student success abound among our soon-to-be graduates.

Kody Gurlen is one such story.  Kody will graduate from SCC's pre-engineering program in May and will attend Missouri S&T in the fall.  Kody aspires eventually to a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering and a career with NASA or another aerospace company.  Kody is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt West and enrolled at SCC on an SCC Board of Trustees Scholarship.  He serves as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa and is a tutor in SCC's ACE Tutoring Center.  Kody offers this advice to other students:  "Don't give up, stay with it.  Even if it seems hard, you can go to the ACE Center for tutoring or get together with a classmate and help each other."

Heidi Andell is another such story.  Heidi will graduate in May with an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing.  While raising a young family and working two jobs, Heidi pushed off the thought of attending college.  It was while working for a group of doctors that Heidi discovered her true passion for working with patients.  When she received the Progress West Nursing Scholarship, Heidi enrolled at SCC and began her new path toward a nursing career.  "The teachers at SCC have such a passion for teaching and they care about our outcomes," Heidi said.  After passing her board exams this summer Heidi hopes to land a part-time job at a hospital and pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing.

These stories and many like them are cause for celebration.  If you have a student story or know someone set to graduate in May whose story inspires you, please send it to Peggy Schreiner at for sharing in our Countdown to Commencement.

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