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Meet April

portraitMy role at Somerset Community College: I am the Manager of Assessment/Testing. My position is responsible for the daily assessments administered at the Somerset and Laurel Campus Assessment Centers, along with the SCC Centers and many of the Adult Education Centers/locations where the COMPASS or GED is administered. Our centers administer academic, business & industry and licensure/certification assessments. I am usually the first point of contact for assessment/testing inquiries.

How long I’ve worked here: I started in 2002 as an Adult Education Instructor with the SCC Casey County Adult Education Program, and then in 2005 I started working in the Somerset Campus Assessment Center. I love working at SCC, I appreciate being afforded this opportunity.

Why I do what I do: The Testing Center is usually one of the first places many students come to when they enroll at SCC. Many students will come to the testing center several times during their educational journey. We get to see how they have progressed and it is rewarding to see how they are excited about their upcoming graduation. I take pride in being a small part in helping others attain their goals and I hope they leave the testing center feeling pleased with our services. Taking a test can be stressful. I believe in the Golden Rule, “Treat Others as You Would Want to Be Treated.” My staff and I strive to establish a rapport with test takers so that they will feel comfortable and at ease while they are testing. I am fortunate in that I am given the opportunity to interact with many students and community members that are from diverse backgrounds. I get a glimpse into many different and interesting careers. We learn a little about almost every profession there is due to all the different types of certification and licensure exams that we administer.

I like our students because: I can relate to our students, I attended SCC right after high school and then went to work full-time. After the company I worked for shut down, I started attending College full-time and worked part-time, so I have attended SCC as both a traditional and non-traditional student. Students come to SCC because they want to enrich their lives and the lives of their family. Sometimes they have an uphill road to travel but their determination is strong and I admire them for their courage.

A little more about me: I am from Somerset. I have an A.A. from SCC, a B.S. from UK and a M.A. from U of L. I have been married to my husband Tony for 22 years and we have three beautiful daughters, Shelbie, Tiffany and Briar. I am so proud of them; they warm my heart every day. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, boating on Lake Cumberland and reading.

April Russell
Manager of Assessment/Testing