Students Honored at AASE Awards

Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Black Affairs Advocacy Committee honored 37 students for their outstanding achievements at the 38th annual African-American Students of Excellence (AASE) Awards program.

The AASE Awards recognize African-American students who have completed at least 30 credit hours while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

“As one of the most diverse colleges in Kentucky, we take great pride in helping more underrepresented minorities reach their goals than any other higher education institution in the state,” said Professor Chip Thomas, Black Affairs Advocacy Committee chair.

Jefferson President Dr. Ty J. Handy joined keynote speaker Dr. William Bradford in congratulating the students, as well as their families, for being awarded this honor.  Four-year transfer, technical, traditional and non-traditional students all received recognition.

“I’ve had many long nights, working two jobs, going to school and constantly studying,” Bobbi Bledsoe, AASE award recipient, said. “Receiving this award makes me feel valued by Jefferson and lets me know my hard work and dedication is paying off.”

The Black Affairs Advocacy Committee serves as a resource to assist in addressing the needs of African-American students, faculty and staff. The specific duties of the committee include improving scholastic opportunities, assisting in recruitment of African-American students, as well as developing and planning programs that enhance diversity efforts throughout Jefferson.