Edleshia Leverette, a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College student from State Line, has been named a Siemens Technical Scholar for her achievements in the Process Operations Technology Program at MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus. The honor was announced Oct. 26 at a news conference held by The Aspen Institute and the Siemens Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Leverette was invited to Washington to take part in the announcement event and also spoke on a panel with Eric Siegel, Siemens Corporation CEO. Recognized along with 28 other scholars named from across the nation, Leverette was eligible for selection because MGCCC was previously named a top finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. She received a $10,000 scholarship to continue her education or pay existing student-loan debt.
Scholars program aims to help bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilled workers and the millions of high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology.