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Student Profile: Kimberly Collier

"I felt like I was ready for college coursework, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Everyone was friendly and helpful at Chesapeake, which was a great way to begin my college experience.”

~ Kimberly Collier, Queen Anne’s Co. High School 2012 – Chesapeake College Education Major

Chesapeake College student Kimberly CollierQueen Anne’s County High School graduate Kimberly Collier of Centreville was named Chesapeake College’s Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student for 2012. Collier, a 2012 high school graduate, was recently recognized by Chesapeake’s Board of Trustees for winning the college’s Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student Award. The Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student Award requirements include a high school counselor recommendation, a minimum grade-point average of 3.5, a minimum of two semesters of coursework and notable extracurricular activities.

When she enrolled at Chesapeake, Collier said she was looking for a challenge. "I felt like I was ready for college coursework, but I wasn’t sure what to expect," said Collier. "Everyone was friendly and helpful at Chesapeake, which was a great way to begin my college experience. I learned, though, that everyone’s warnings about college work being difficult were true."

Collier said she adjusted her schedule to work in more study time for her college classes. In the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters at Chesapeake, Collier took a total of 20 credit hours and earned a 4.0 GPA. In addition, Collier maintained a high school GPA of 3.9.

The aspiring teacher is active at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Chester, teaching both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. During her high school years, Collier participated in the high school’s theatre productions, dance and choir.

Collier will return to Chesapeake in the fall as an education major. Once she completes her program requirements at Chesapeake, she plans to enroll in the Salisbury University education baccalaureate program offered at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on Chesapeake’s Wye Mills Campus. Collier said she hopes to teach second grade and earn a master’s degree in the future.

Kathy Petrichenko, Chesapeake’s dean for recruitment services, said she sees a bright future ahead for Collier. "Kimberly has been an extraordinary student in our Dual Enrollment program," Petrichenko said. "We are so happy that she will be coming back to Chesapeake in the fall. I have no doubt that her academic excellence will continue in the future."

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