Three Broward College students have been named 2018-2019 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute and Siemens Foundation. They are among 44 students nationwide who are preparing for high-demand jobs in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, and Information Technology and will serve as ambassadors for their programs and respective fields.

The Technical Scholars are pursuing a degree in high-demand fields from colleges across the nation with exceptional programs. Broward College was one of eight institutions from across the nation to win the award for its Nursing program. The scholars, who are all pursuing nursing will share a $25,000 prize to assist with tuition and other expenses.

We caught up with our Siemens Technical Scholars at a special reception held in their honor on Monday, October 1 at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus. They were all eager to share their rewarding journey at Broward College.

Karine Augustin

Karine AugustinIn 2015, Karine graduated with her A.S. in Nursing from Broward College and is now completing her final semester for her Bachelor’s in Nursing at the College. Karine is a member of the Broward College Nursing Honor Society and for her, Broward College was an easy choice to pursue further studies. She stopped between congratulatory handshakes to explain. “Choosing a community college felt more personable, it allowed me to build a close relationship with my instructors,” she explains. “I believe that Broward College gave me the opportunity to do that and it is also an excellent school with a great reputation.”

Karine hopes to specialize in women’s health and continue to further her education and career opportunities. “Ever since I became a nurse, it’s been such a reward being able to help others and this was just the right choice and path for me,” she said.

Receiving the award was just another confirmation that she had made the right decision.

“This tells me that my dedication and commitment is recognized. Working and going to school full-time has not been easy but this award means that I didn’t only ‘do it’ but that I was successful at it. It gives me a push to continue to help others and striving to make a difference day by day.”

Edj Cadet

Edj CadetEdj was just a ten-year-old when she arrived in the United States with her mom, who decided to leave Haiti to provide Edj with better educational and career opportunities. Her journey has been faced with several challenges. In May 2016, the day after graduating with her AA from Broward College, Edj was involved in a horrific car accident. It took her several months to recover, but the accident inspired Edj to pursue a career in Nursing.

“I chose Broward College because it is affordable and although it is a demanding program, I knew I could do it. I knew that if that accident didn’t kill me, then I would be able to succeed in that program,” she said with a smile.

And with laser-like focus Edj, who is a first-generation college student, will graduate in December (2018) with her A.S. in Nursing with a specialization in Anesthesia.

“This Siemens Technical Scholar recognition inspires me to continue to be great at whatever I do to show that just because you chose a community college as your route doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be successful,” says Edj. “I’m happy I chose Broward College because the class sizes are small and the professors really care about you and want to help you.”

 You can learn more about Edj’s story by watching her video.

Joel Zisholtz

Joel is a first-generation college student whose parents emigrated from Russia. Nursing is his second career, having earned a  bachelor’s degree in Marketing a few years ago. He worked in medical sales for five years until he realized he was passionate about nursing and decided to apply for the program.

“My wife actually pursued her nursing degree at Broward College before I did, and she told me that even though it was challenging, once you’re done, you’re truly ready to go out on the field because you learn everything you need and more,” said Joel.

During his time at Broward College, Joel said he’s interacted with extraordinary faculty and describes his fellow students as driven. He explains that Broward College was an excellent choice because he didn’t only learn everything he needed but thanks to the excellence of the Nursing program he received the Siemens Technical Scholar recognition.

“This means a lot to me because I know that when I’m ready to go back to school I will have this award to help me financially.” Joel plans to go back to school to do the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) program.

Congratulations to our exceptional students for their commitment and dedication to their chosen field!

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