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I wanted to teach my children that education matters …









Melissa Jenkins

Business & Office Technology

(Office Systems Technology focus)
Golden Triangle campus

Spring 2013 graduate

From Columbus, Miss.​


How I got here:
Before I began my journey at EMCC, I dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and obtained my GED.  I married my husband at 18 and became a stay-at-home housewife and mother. Two children and 10 years later, I decided to go back to school and I enrolled at EMCC. I wanted to teach my children that education matters and to take pride in their school work.  Enrolling at EMCC was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did EMCC have faith in me, my children are proud of me.
What I’ve accomplished:
I chose the Office Systems Technology focus in the Business Office Technology program because I already knew a little bit about Microsoft Office programs, but I wanted to learn how to use the programs correctly.  Also, I like to take on the leadership role in the workplace, and I wanted to improve on my professionalism. In the photo, I’m on the right, receiving the Office Systems Technology “Student of the Year” plaque at EMCC’s annual Awards Day program.
What’s next:
After graduation, I plan to work for about a year and then I want to earn my Bachelor’s Degree through Mississippi University for Women’s online business program. Without EMCC, I would not be the person I am today. I owe a big thank-you to my program instructors, Ms. Dendy, Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Fulgham. They are outstanding instructors and have helped me to learn the skills necessary to become successful in the workforce. EMCC wants every student to succeed and its faculty and staff will do everything in their power to help make that happen.
My advice:
The best advice I can give to future students is what Ms. Dendy told my class the first day of my freshman year.  She said, “Think of class as your job. Be on time and present every day.”
What her instructor, Trina Dendy, says:
Melissa works hard, has a positive attitude, and always has a smile on her face! ​

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