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February 25, 2010

RPCC Student Wins Education Honor

By Steven Johnston

RPCC student Nisha Hebert poses with state Rep. M.J. “Mert� Smiley and RPCC Chancellor Dr. Joe Ben Welch after receiving her Phi Theta Kappa All Louisiana Academic Team certificate.
RPCC student Nisha Hebert poses with state Rep. M.J. “Mert� Smiley and RPCC Chancellor Dr. Joe Ben Welch after receiving her Phi Theta Kappa All Louisiana Academic Team certificate.

Nisha Hebert, student at River Parishes Community College, was honored by the Phi Theta Kappa service organization on Wednesday, Feb. 10, for her scholastic excellence and academic achievements.  Hebert was named to the PTK All Louisiana Academic Team.


On that day, Hebert was recognized at a ceremony and luncheon put on by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Phi Theta Kappa. The ceremony honored all of the All Louisiana Academic Team members in the state. Altogether, 20 deserving community and technical college students were recognized for their academic achievements this year.


“I’m very proud of Nisha,” said RPCC Chancellor Dr. Joe Ben Welch. “Nisha has worked hard to achieve this academic honor, and she deserves to be recognized.  Honors like this speak well of Nisha, and also of RPCC.”


Hebert, who lives in French Settlement, La., is currently on the Chancellor's list and the Dean's list. She is also a RPCC foundation scholarship recipient.  She has just been named vice president of the PTK chapter at RPCC, and will continue to hold the position of secretary reporter.  Hebert already has earned an associate degree in general studies. She now majors in elementary education and has a 3.95 grade point average.


“It’s an honor to have been selected for this All Academic Team,” said Hebert. “I plan to teach fourth or fifth graders somewhere close to French Settlement, so I take my education very seriously. Thanks to PTK for this honor.”

The All State Team is a program started by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges and USA Today. The program serves as a means of recognizing excellence and high academic achievement in students attending community and technical colleges, as well as providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Independent judges review students' applications and select the team members. The students are recognized by the awarding of medallions, certificates and scholarships. The LCTCS hosts the All Academic Team Ceremony each year to recognize the students selected for the team.


Students were presented their medallions of achievement by local legislators. Hebert’s medallion was presented by state Rep. M.J. “Mert” Smiley, R-Port Vincent. Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen also attended and addressed the students.

The ceremony was sponsored by Pearson Custom Solutions Group, an international media company that specializes in education and customizes courses and content. Dan Bartell, vice president of Pearson, attended the event to assist in recognizing the students.

Hebert said, “My ultimate career goal is to become the best teacher that I can become and help spread knowledge and learning, in fun and innovative ways to each student that walks through my classroom's door.”

After completing coursework at RPCC, Hebert plans to enroll in Southeastern Louisiana University. She plans to study education. Hebert is married and has one child.

River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.