Pictured above is, from left to right, Heather Delcamp, career counselor, Trevia Meikle, and Jennifer Hazelton, ACT program coordinator
The goal of the Advanced College Training program at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy is to provide students with an experience in college classes while they are still enrolled in the Job Corps program and to further advance their learning to create additional opportunities for employment. ACT student Trevia Meikle has shown she can go well beyond just gaining experience, and has excelled with college level learning. Trevia was recently inducted into the Jamestown Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society of two year colleges.
Trevia chose to enroll in Job Corps because she saw it as a way to secure her future. She intended to enroll and gain training that would allow her to obtain a job and earn income while she attended college and pursued her real dream of going to medical school. She became very excited once she learned of the Academy’s ACT program. Trevia knew that college was the pathway for her to follow, “I do not think anyone could understand the feeling of joy that i felt when I found out i could attend college from the Academy” she stated.
To be eligible for enrollment into Phi Theta Kappa one must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program, have completed 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college, and adhere to the moral standards of the society. There are more than 1.3 million members scattered among 1,100 chapters in all 50 United States, US territories and three other nations. Trevia feels her acceptance to Phi Theta Kappa is important as it “reminds me everyday that i must set my expectations high, and that hard work pays off in the end”.
Trevia hopes to secure a scholarship which will allow her to continue her education at a four-year university. She has maintained her dream of someday advancing to medical school and she believes this stepping stone puts her a bit closer. Trevia states “Medical school is where my heart is set, I’m ready and willing to learn and put in the work. I believe that is where success is certain”.