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Staff Spotlight: Aminatu Issaka

Position title: High School Program Director

Hometown: Accra, Ghana, West Africa

Alma mater and degrees: Jackson State University, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Kennesaw State University, Certificate of Forensic Chemistry; National University, Master of Science in Forensic Sciences

Interests/hobbies: Traveling, exploring new cultures, places, people and food

Community involvement: Volunteers and sits on the board of The Simple Foundation, an organization that offers scholarships, volunteer assistance, and mentoring to underserved and under-resourced children and families. We work together with other entities to provide a collective impact and support within low-income communities.

What do you do for College Possible?

I supervise the High School Program Team staff, and I am responsible for monitoring, developing, administering, and evaluating all high school programming within the nine College Possible partnering high schools in the Omaha metropolitan area.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job would be the role that College Possible plays in a student’s academic and professional success. Many students lack the resources, training, and access which are components of success; and knowing that I’m a part of a team that offers that to students is definitely impactful.”

What do you want to learn more about this year?

One of my Top 5 CliftonStrengths is ‘Learner,’ meaning that I enjoy the process of learning — going from ignorance to competence in any area of my life. If I had to choose one area of my life, it would be my work/professional life. I am looking to learn more about my team, our processes, and better ways of implementing ‘servant leadership’ throughout the workday.

Why College Possible?

My ‘why’ is simple — EQUITY!  Due to varying obstacles/barriers, many students lack the access, training, and resources needed to attend college and successfully graduate. And I see College Possible as an advocate for those students who need assistance navigating the high- school-to-college transition.”

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