ICCTA Pacesetter Award
General Electric Transportation
Parkland College (2004)
As a graduate of a small rural high school, Anna Kesler says that she was "unsure,
nervous and overwhelmed" when she started at Parkland College in 2002. But within a week she knew she was at one of the
"best community colleges in the country."
She easily adapted to college life, making the Dean's List and taking advantage of Parkland's study-abroad program in Dijon, France.
Anna Kesler (left) accepts ICCTA's 2008 Pacesetter Award from ICCTA president Kathy Wessel and
Illinois Community College Board chair Guy Alongi.
Anna transferred to the University of Illinois, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in business and human resources.
She also helped her graduate class create a fundraising video for the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations.
The resulting DVD has become a popular YouTube video and led to the start of an annual Class Gift project.
In January 2008, Anna accepted a human resources position with General Electric and received a $10,000 signing bonus.
For additional information on ICCTA's Pacesetter
Award, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 1-800-454-2282, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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