Internaitonal College Names November Student of the Month

James French, 32, of Naples, was named International College’s student of the month for November 2002.

French, a management major, graduates in December, holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, and has been named to the dean’s list three times since enrolling at the College last Fall term. In addition to being a stellar full-time academic student, French also balances a full-time job as a general manager for the fourth-largest pest control company in Florida (working 50 to 60 hours a week), is a proud single father raising three elementary school-aged children, and serves as the chair of the IC Ambassadors, the College’s student organization.

Jami Trochessett, IC Ambassadors advisor and the College’s Career Development Coordinator, nominated French.

“Jamie is a dedicated leader and has set an outstanding example of service for the students of International College and members of IC Ambassadors. He has been a constant encouragement to his peers at the College and a great representative of our student body in the community,” Trochessett said. “Jamie is the picture of a model IC student, able to successfully balance the responsibilities of career, family, school and community involvement.”

French relocated from Tallahassee to Naples last year to attend International College. He was attending college there, but found it difficult to attend classes in the daytime, work and raise his family. He heard about International College – which offers classes in the evenings and days, on weekends and online – from a friend.

“I found International College was more focused on people like myself who are single parents, have careers and want to better their lives,” he said. “I enjoy my education because it’s real-world learning. You’re taught by people who are actually in the field they are teaching.”

French admits it’s a challenge juggling all his responsibilities, but well worth it. He hopes his education and degree help him reach his goal of working within the corporate field.

“I work hard and volunteer to set a good example for my kids. I hope my hard work pays off for our family,” he said. “If people have the desire and are willing to make the commitment to return to school, it’s the best investment they can make in themselves. I’d tell anyone not to wait. Do it now.”
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