Erin Mitchell of North Platte was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for January.
Mitchell is the daughter of Ginger Belsan and Clifford Mitchell. She graduated from North Platte High School in 2002.
“After high school, I worked a number of dead-end jobs,” she said. “In 2011, I had been working graveyard shifts for six years, working alone and without any security. During my shift one night, I was robbed. Long story short, it was a very traumatic experience; I was shell-shocked. I found no support from my employer. I quit my job. I decided very shortly after this that I wanted and needed more – a career, not just a job. So, I decided to finally enroll in college, and NPCC was the obvious choice because it is located in the town I live in. As the saying goes, sometimes life pushes us in directions that we ought to have found for ourselves.”
“Even though I decided to take virtually all my classes online, the faculty and staff were very warm and supportive,” she continued. “Through the years, certain names have really stood out: Angie Chittick, Kathy McCune, Jean Condon, Julie Goans, Dora Zeimens, and Dr. Glenn Wolar. These instructors, as well as many others, demanded excellence, pushed me to do my best, have been supportive, and have touched my life. I am honored to know them.”
During her time at NPCC, Mitchell has focused on Business Technology. She has also been involved in Phi Theta Kappa and is the chapter president of Phi Beta Lambda.
In her spare time, Mitchell enjoys spending time with her family and animals, fishing, foraging, reading, and learning anything she can. She also enjoys logic puzzles, arts and crafts, and building things.
Mitchell expects to graduate in 2014. Following graduation she plans to find a job doing medical or legal transcription from home. She hopes to eventually buy a few acres in the country where she’d like to build a home.