MVCC Faculty, Student Win CEANY Awards

Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) student Hawa Jabril won the Region East Charles Burns Outstanding Adult Student Award presented by CEANY (Continuing Education Association of New York). This is awarded to students who achieve excellence by demonstrating persistence, drive, and success in overcoming obstacles to achieve educational goals.

After spending her whole life in a refugee camp in Kenya, at the age of 5 Jabril moved to the United States. She earned her associate degree from MVCC despite being denied schooling, having to care for elderly family members, and being told she should only focus on getting married and having children. Jabril also plans to pursue an additional nursing degree.

Assistant professor of mathematics at MVCC quoted “[Hawa] impressed me very much as a student, and even more as I learned of her childhood and the everyday challenges at home. I have no doubt that Hawa will excel and be an amazing nurse.”

Other awards were received by Assistant Vice President of Workforce Development and Dean of the Rome Campus Franca Armstrong and Rachel Canarelli, who has taught non-credit phlebotomy classes at MVCC for more than 30 years.



Originally published by the Rome Daily Sentinel, 12/22/19.

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