Student Spotlight on Josh Miller
Student Spotlight - Josh Miller
Like so many other students, sophomore Josh Miller recognizes what Kent State Columbiana County has to offer. Miller's initial decision to attend Kent State Salem and East Liverpool was guided by Kent State Salem's proximity to his home, affordability and the prestige associated with the nursing program. Currently living in Minerva, Miller has only a 25 minute commute.
"The choice was made easier because I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in nursing before I started college," Miller said. "I spoke to several graduates of the nursing program at the Salem campus and they all spoke highly of the campus and of the nursing program.
"A top performer who had made the Dean's list every semester, Miller credits his academic successes to the helpful and supportive professors he's had so far. "The teaching staff is absolutely great," Miller said. "All of the professors that I have are all extremely qualified in their fields," Miller said.
Small class sizes offered at the Columbiana County campuses are just another reason Miller enjoys attending classes at our regional campuses. "I feel the smaller class sizes allow for a greater amount of interaction with my professors."
He also feels that the clinical training in hospitals will give him the hands on training necessary to be successful once he graduates. "I hope to use the experiences and knowledge I've gained from Kent State to work in outreach nursing rural nursing or maybe within a medical humanitarian organization," he said.
A dedicated student and volunteer, Miller was a part of a group of students who painted houses, cleaned up debris assisted the elderly as part of the campuses' first annual Alternative Spring Break Program. The outreach program, which is new to Kent State Columbiana County Campuses, pairs students with community projects. The students volunteer their time during spring break to make a positive impact on the local community.
In addition to volunteering during his spring break, Miller helped with the campus' annual Kids' Fun Fest, a free day of fun for local children which is held annually each fall.
"Josh helped with set up and tear down, but most importantly, he helped make a positive impact on some of our area children by helping them with crafts and activities," said Ruth McCullagh, public relations coordinator at Kent State Salem. "His hard work really helped make the day successful."
"Josh embodies the type of students who attend Kent State East Liverpool and Salem. He's not only committed to his academic success, but has a sincere concern for the well being of our area" stated Dean Jeff Nolte. "Kent State is committed to providing opportunities that will allow students, like Josh, to stay in our communities after graduation."
Kent State Columbiana County has a program for everyone. With bachelor's degrees in 14 different disciplines and associate's degrees in 14 different areas, students have a variety of fields to choose from. Kent State Columbiana County campuses give students the ability to balance family, work and higher education, while staying close to home.