Math No Longer an Obstacle for Student Speaker

(Bradenton, Fla., April 22, 2008) -When Manatee Community College (MCC) graduating sophomore Kelly "Kaje" Housman found the courage three years ago to return to school at age 36, she expected mathematics courses would be a major stumbling block. Chosen as student speaker for Spring 2008 commencement exercises scheduled for May 2, Housman has come a long way. She now plans to teach mathematics.

"With the help of my instructors, I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to, even math. I want to encourage other college students in the same way. I'd like to teach mathematics, hopefully here at MCC," said Housman.

Housman, a Bradenton resident, has other goals as well. She wants to write grants for nonprofit Breast Cancer organizations and own a small café. But first, having earned an associate in arts degree at MCC, her next step is the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to pursue a bachelor's degree in professional and technical writing. After that, her next goal is a master's degree.

Housman proved her ability to achieve her goals at MCC. She was vice president of the MCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, a member of an award-winning Brain Bowl team, a tutor in the Academic Resource Center and a student assistant in the mathematics department. In addition, she worked with the Trinity Charities Food Bank, and participated in one 5K run and another three-day, 60-mile walk to raise funds for breast cancer research. 

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