Her lifelong dream was to go to college and become a nurse. Finally, after raising a family, 44-year-old Berniece Combs enrolled at Somerset Community College to begin fulfilling that dream. Along the journey these past two years, she has found a passion to help other students get the most out of their college experience.
As Student Government Association President and Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Vice President, Combs had decided to put her nursing course work on hold and dedicate this year to that of service.
“It’s not how quickly we finish the journey,” said Combs. “It’s how we enjoy the journey. Being able to enjoy the college experience is so important, and I’ve loved every minute.”
”The goal of Phi Theta Kappa and SGA is to collaborate with clubs and organizations and get the students engaged,” said Combs. “If we can help them stay on campus, interact, and become motivated, it is proven they will be more successful.”
This passion to help others was one factor that did not go unnoticed when Combs applied and became nominated to the KCTCS Board of Regents as student representative, together with Suzanne Tasayco of Gateway Community and Technical College. The two representatives were selected by the 16 college student body presidents as KCTCS Student Body Co-Presidents and Student Regents. Their terms begin August 2013, and continue through August 2014.
“I’m really excited. First of all, I want to represent our college and students well, along with all of the 16 colleges under KCTCS,” said Combs, who works on the Laurel Campus in the first year advising center as a student mentor. The feedback she receives from students will be brought to the system level during board meetings held throughout the year. “I feel like this will complete my year of service.”
Combs lives in London, Ky. and is pursuing an associate degree in nursing at SCC. She was elected the 2013-14 SCC Student Government Association President, serves as the Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Vice President, a First Year Mentor and a member of the Collegefish Workgroup. She plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.