Anna Ekis

I had a young child that my family cared for during the time I was incarcerated.  Upon my release, I was determined to make a good life for myself and my son and felt the first step towards reaching this goal would be to go back to school.

The story of my success at JCC begins during the fall semester of 2013.  I came to JCC for placement testing to determine where I was academically because it had been years since attending school.  I tested well in all areas except for mathematics. I wanted to pursue a degree in engineering and knew that I needed a number of math credits to achieve my goal of becoming an engineer. I had a lot of work ahead of me but I knew it would all be worth it in the end.

 I must say, I was overwhelmed at first with the amount of work it was going to take to complete my engineering degree and achieve my dream. I pushed my way through almost four years here at JCC, and took advantage of every opportunity and resource available to me.

I am proud to say that I have maintained a 4.0 GPA and will finish with a double major in Associate in Engineering and Associate in Science. I could not have achieved this without the support of my family as well as the instructors and advisors here at JCC.