Back on Track—WSCC Student of the Month Turns Life Around

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MARIETTA, OHIO (March 16, 2017)—Fifteen years ago, Austin Davis’ life was on a very different track. Just released from prison, he was ready to make a change. His about-face with his life’s direction and his concerted effort at learning has resulted in his nomination as Washington State Community College’s (WSCC) March Student of the Month.

“Getting into trouble was a family tradition,” admits Davis. In 2002, when he was released from prison, he made a definitive decision to change his life.  “I thought [jail and trouble] was my future,” the 39-year-old confessed. “But I was able to turn my life around. It wasn’t easy, but it is possible.”

Last fall, as part of his mission to be a better, more productive citizen, Davis enrolled in the Health and Wellness program.  While he admits his new future, while not plagued by getting in trouble, isn’t easy.  “Going to college at my age, it’s difficult to make ends meet,” Davis admitted. However, he has found strength and inspiration in his family and his faith.

“I have been extremely impressed with Austin's motivation from day one,” said David Scheimann, Davis’ nominator and WSCC’s Director of Retention, Completion & The Center for Student Success. “He has the kind of ‘can-do’ attitude that is infectious. He had a great first semester, and doesn't show any signs of slowing down as he works to earn his degree,” Scheimann concluded.

Davis’ vision for the future ultimately lies in helping people. His ambition is to work his way through WSCC’s Health program and then possibly continue on and earn a bachelor’s degree. “My desire is to be, “where I can do the most good, and I want to have the education that will allow me to do that.”

“I used to be a burden to society and I want to make up for it and then some. I am going to make something of myself” proclaimed Davis.  Phase one of his education plan will culminate when he graduates next spring with his degree in Health and Wellness.

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has fueled the community’s future through education. We work to make a positive impact by providing opportunities for growth. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to enrich your life, we cultivate pathways to guide you toward future growth.  Be inspired. Be WSCC. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit or call 740.374.8716.

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