Southeast names Students of the Month for December

Published 11:30 am Monday, December 30, 2019

Middlesboro, Pineville, Whitesburg, Cumberland and Harlan, KY – Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) has named its Students of the Month for December 2019:

Christopher Riley Cosby, Pineville Campus

Thomas Baker, Harlan Campus

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Olivia Justice, Middlesboro Campus

Ethan Anderson, Cumberland Campus

On the Pineville Campus, Christopher Ryley Cosby is a standout in the Surgical Technology Program. He chose Southeast because of the “calm, quiet” atmosphere. He also enjoys the one-on-one time with his professors and connections with classmates made possible by smaller class sizes. According Professor Rebecca Lawson who directs the program, Cosby deserves this distinction because he is an exceptionally hard worker. As for Cosby, he says his chosen field has to do with service. “I want to help people,” he said. That’s always been a goal of mine—to just help.”

Thomas Baker drives from Bell County to attend classes on the Harlan Campus. He says that Southeast “offered what I needed, was affordable, close to home, and the support, supplemental services, scholarships available, and the friendliness of the campus made me want to continue my education here.” Baker is two semesters away from earning his degree in industrial maintenance.

In her second year of study, Olivia Justice will apply to Southeast’s Nursing Program next fall. She chose the college because of its strong program and convenient location. “As a mom, it is important for me to be able to raise my son close to family,” she said.

On the Cumberland Campus, Ethan Anderson of Evarts is in his first year of study as a nursing student. He plans to graduate in spring 2022. He chose Southeast because “it’s affordable and it offers my field of study in smaller classes.”

Each SKCTC campus has a Student of the Month selection committee appointed by its campus director. In making its choice, the committee weighs criteria such as academic performance, extracurricular activities, work ethic, helpfulness to others, and whether the student has had to overcome significant barriers in achieving academic success.