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Staff Spotlight: Alisha Limoges, College Program Manager         

Each month, meet one of our Leadership Team members and learn why they care about College Possible.

Alisha Limoges, College Program Manager  

       

Hometown: Elk Point, SD

Alma mater: University of South Dakota, bachelor’s degree; and University of Nebraska Omaha, master’s degree

How long have you been at College Possible? 4.5 years

What do you do?           

“I manage our college programming and supervise AmeriCorps Members at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

I am a thought partner for coaches and provide assistance on anything from financial aid renewal and course registration to helping students find and utilize community resources. My goal is that students not only graduate from college but also have the transformative experience they deserve.

What do you love most about your job?

“I love connecting with students and hearing their successes.

Our students are so community-driven, idealistic, and eager to learn how to be change makers at the local, state, and national level. Their passion is contagious and keeps me grounded in the work. ”

What is one thing you want to learn more about this year, related to education, access, success or the community? 

“In such uncertain times with a global pandemic forcing education to look differently than it ever has, I want to use this as a learning experience for how we can create longer lasting systemic change to our education system.

This is a moment for us involved in education to collectively call for the removal of unnecessary and unfair barriers.

Other roles in the community: adjunct instructor for the English department at UNO

Interest and hobbies: I love sand volleyball, exploring with my dog Finn, being around friends, engaging in social discourse, staying active in the community, listening to all the true crime podcasts so I can start my own, and being the best Aunt there ever was.

Why College Possible?

This mission was the perfect marriage of two passions of mine, education and social justice.

As a high school teacher and later as a graduate teaching assistant, I couldn’t help but notice how many of my students were being left behind simply because they lacked the privilege their peers from higher-income backgrounds had.

Talented and capable students deserve the opportunity to go to whatever college best fits their needs, despite the socioeconomic background they find themselves in.

Education can be transformative for so many people, and when our students go to college, they help shift the climate of education to one that is fair, impartial, and accessible.

This is the third feature in our Staff Spotlight series. Prior spotlights include: Katie Cunningham, Program Director; Brian McNeill, Program Coordinator; and Susie Owens, Recruitment & Operations Specialist.

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