Perritt Receives Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship at OTC
Congratulations to Christian (Niki) Perritt, who was recently selected as the 2014 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert presented Perritt with the award check recently and extended congratulations on behalf of the College and Foundation Boards.
According to Kate Bussey, OTC student affairs coordinator, Niki’s interest in the medical field started when she was in high school. Ms. Perritt is a 2013 Pierce County High School honor graduate who became an OTC dual enrollment student as a sophomore and completed the nurse technician program in August 2012. During her senior year of high school, Niki began the OTC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, graduating in August 2013. She then completed the Advanced EMT program at OTC, graduating December 2013, and began another credential at OTC in the healthcare field as part of her career plan.
Although she originally had planned to enroll in the nursing program after graduating high school, Niki became fascinated with the EMS field while working at Mayo and decided to enroll in and complete the basic and advanced EMT programs first. The EMT training she received fits in nicely with her ultimate career goal, which requires a healthcare-related degree.
Not only is Niki building an impressive educational foundation and skill set, but she is also establishing an equally impressive work ethic. Perritt began working at Mayo Clinic Health Systems while in high school and has since accepted a part time job with Ware County EMS and Pierce County EMS, while taking college classes.
Perritt is confident she has made the right choice for her education. “OTC has a very home-like feel,” she explains. “Certain staff members are like family now,” states Niki on her scholarship application. “The instructors at OTC care about students’ career paths, and I think I have an awesome career plan.”
Perritt will use the scholarship money to pay for tuition and program-related costs. “I am very grateful to the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship for this assistance,” stated Niki when she received her award check. “It means a lot.”
According to Cindy Tanner (not shown), OTC Foundation executive director, the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship has donated a generous award each year, since 2005, to assist OTC students with program-related expenses. “Most of our students are remarkably busy with family, work, and classes,” added Tanner. “They are extremely grateful when someone recognizes their accomplishments and demonstrates genuine support.”