Student Stories – Lake County

Donnita Scully, MSN ED, BSN, RN

"I woke, thinking about my role at the nursing program in Crown Point, and wondered what type of difference did I really make? I knew, statistically, I had made a considerable impact, but did I make meaningful changes in student’s lives? I called this my dream of purposefulness. The next day, it was answered."

James Ramirez

"As a kid, I grew up wanting to help others. After high school, I wasn’t sure what profession I wanted to go into, but I knew that I wanted a career where I could make a positive impact. When I read about Ivy Tech’s Human Services program at the Lake County Campus, it sounded exactly like what I was looking for. The program has taught me a lot and given me many opportunities to make a real difference in my community. When I graduate, I hope to get a job where I continue to help make my community better."

Shannan Jerome

"I began with Ivy Tech as a Human Services major, not realizing that was not what I wanted to do. Fortunately, I changed my major to Psychology two weeks before school started and honestly, it was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge every day. My advisor is the reason behind my choosing psychology as a future. I knew from the moment I met my advisor that they cared about their job and were passionate helping students. I want that same passion about what I do, and to make a difference."

Shareeka Freeney

"I am a single mother of two amazing grade school children. In 2016, I worked as a packer in a machine shop for just under 10.00 an hour. I took interest in what the machinists were doing and made up my mind to change my life for the better. I searched and found that WorkOne in Laporte was offering free classes in machining at Ivy Tech. I enrolled, successfully completed all the courses and earned a Certificate in 2017. I couldn't stop there so I continued on and earned a Technical Certificate in 2018. I am now 3 classes away from earning my Associates Degree. I am excited about my future opportunities, and what it can mean to my family."

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