Kanisha Head’s family was always on the move during her childhood.
“Because of my family situation, we moved a lot, I went to three high schools,” she said. “However, at a young age I was able to accept my fate and was determined to change it. I knew the only way to change it was to do well in school, graduate from high school, and go to college.”
During her senior year, Kanisha learned about the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). The program helps high school graduates earn an associate degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree. She wanted to apply because she recognized a great opportunity.
But Kanisha wasn’t sure about her choice. “At first I was scared because I thought it would be a lot of hard work and fast paced. It is hard work! But it’s a good experience,” she said. “I’m so happy I applied.”
Kanisha is a great believer in hard work. “Do great in high school because that where it starts. You cannot slack during your senior year. That is the worse rumor I’ve ever heard. You should do your hardest work your senior year and it will really pay off,” she advises.
And Ivy Tech will help Kanisha reach her goals. “If you want to transfer, it’s definitely a more affordable route. Ivy Tech is a good stepping stone. It will get you where you want to go.”
While a student at Ivy Tech, Kanisha has taken advantage of opportunities to become involved, including Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honor society, and the Student Leadership Academy.
Kanisha hopes to get an internship this summer and transfer to University of Indianapolis to study business. She’s happy that Ivy Tech will help her graduate with less debt.
“Ivy Tech is a great school and a great opportunity,” Kanisha said. “It’s changed my whole world and has given me the opportunities I’ve always hoped for.”