Student Experience: LaCresha Kolba

lecresha-certificateFirst time student, LaCresha Kolba, recently completed our Grant Writing Basics class at Wright Middle School. Read below for more information about LaCresha, her experience with NCE and the goals she hopes our classes will help her reach:


What was the most memorable thing you learned from the class?

The most memorable thing I learned from class was discovering the work to do grant writing was not going to be easy, however, the instructor gave us tips on how to make the job more streamline. Being able to learn from someone who was speaking from experience really made this class stand out. We were not learning from a book, but years and years of hands-on experience & success by the instructor himself.

How did this class specifically affect your career or how do you hope it will affect your career?
I had been debating on signing up for this particular class due to my writing career aspirations. When I thought this class would potentially give me an edge when I applied for a Fundraiser Coordinator/Grant Writer position I signed up immediately. My initiative to sign up for the class & the knowledge I gained in one session gave me a step up in the interview process & allowed me to stand out.  It also assisted me in being offered the position. Thanks to this class I am now working on applying for grants for a local non-profit!

Are you planning to take any other Nashville Community Education Classes?
Yes!! The classes offered are in a relaxed atmosphere and taught by knowledgeable individuals who are professionals in the industry they are instructing. The classes are also affordable. I feel I am gaining a vast amount of knowledge to make my career go further on my very tight budget. It is also incredibly easy to apply. Which makes it very attractive to me as I am very busy and I don’t have time to deal with an admissions department just because I want to further my education. (You can register online 24/7!)

I really wish some of the classes did not overlap as there are several classes I want to take, but they conflict scheduling wise. Hopefully the Spanish classes will continue & I really hope the Spanish for Health Professionals will be offered again. I really wanted to take it this semester so I could be moving in the direction of learning all I could to pursue opportunities as a translator, but it conflicts with Basic Home Repair, another class I plan on taking!

How would you describe NCE to someone who never took a class?
I would describe these classes as relaxed, the instructors have fun personalities, and the information is given to you at a level that can be well understood.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
These classes are Nashville’s best kept secret (however, as quickly as some of them fill up….that secret is getting out).

Come see how great NCE can be for yourself! Registration for Spring 2017 classes opens December 12 and is ongoing through April.

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