Jasmane Ormond is pretty stoked. She’s one of 15 students across the state who received a STEM Takes Flight scholarship from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Oh, and she’s been invited to join the PTK program at Thomas Nelson Community College and she’ll be listed in the upcoming edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
As you might expect, all of this good news has left Ormond brimming with confidence.
“I have a strong interest in the STEM fields and I’m good at it.”
That’s no exaggeration. Ormond’s record of achievement is impressive to say the least.
“I have a four-point-0 and I’m surprised I still have that because I started a co-enrollment at William & Mary. Those classes are hard.”
A mother of two, Ormond admits her schedule can be frenetic at times. But it’s the student activities at TNCC that keep her centered.
“Because it’s a huge support network. It’s like having a family at school. I call my advisor “mama.”
Ormond says her experience at TNCC has taught her discipline. It’s also built up her self-esteem and provided her with an invaluable lesson in interpersonal communication.
“With being vice-president of the student government, I plan events at school and so, I’m learning skills that I would learn in the workforce without having to wait until I get to the workforce to do it.”
During a recent trip to the state capital for Every Day Is Community College Day, Ormond was eager to deliver a message to state lawmakers on behalf of Virginia’s Community Colleges – the community college system helps people and it works.
“I’m here and I have everything against me and I’m making it possible. And so if anything, that’s the whole crux of community college – you can do it, it’s possible and it can take you places!”