Jestean Howard has worked with children since 1989 and knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She put off that dream for many years, but in fall 2012, she decided it was time to make a change. She enrolled at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and is working toward her associate degree in the early childhood development.
As a nontraditional student, Jestean said she became in indifferent to the idea of beginning college later in life. But her sister, also a nontraditional student at WKCTC, and the college faculty and staff gave her comfort and confidence in herself to make the transition.
Now a Student Ambassador, Jestean said she is becoming more outgoing and independent everyday, and she is being given opportunities to serve the college and the community in ways she had never thought of before.
Jestean’s goal is to continue to strive for bigger and better things; whether it be in education or life. Legally blind, Jestean refuses to let her challenge hold her back. When asked what advice she would give others, she said “we disable ourselves when we allow our challenges to stop us from pressing forward in our life. The sky is the limit! Go to college, do your best and get your reward because the only person that can keep you from your dream is you.”