ANSLEY–Terri Gaedke, of Ansley, has been named Business Student of the Month for April at North Platte Community College.
A non-traditional student, Gaedke graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School in 1988.
She and her husband, Michael, own Ash Canyon Creations, through which they make and sell handcrafted soap and other body products.
Terri also works full-time at Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow. The company offered her online classes, which she is taking through NPCC while also raising her son and taking care of her family. Terri is currently studying business office technology with a medical emphasis.
“Everyone at NPCC that I have had the opportunity to be involved with has been so friendly and helpful,” Terri said. “When I first started, the online study atmosphere was all new to me, and I had so many questions. I was always able to receive the help that I needed.”
Terri said she has found the experience to be rewarding.
“I have grown on this journey, and I have learned so much,” Terri said. “I appreciate the hard work that all of the instructors do every day to help us achieve our goals. Something that has come out of my everyday routine is that my son sees how hard I work and how important it is to set goals and reach them no matter what obstacles are in your way.”
Angie Chittick, business and office technology instructor, nominated Terri for the student of the month recognition. She said Terri exemplifies the qualities and character that make her very deserving of the honor.
“Terri is insightful, thoughtful and respectful,” Chittick said. “She is a diligent and hard worker. Although her life is full of commitments from family, work and classes, she never complains. Terri always has a positive attitude and puts in the extra mile and dedication to excel. She is amazing to have in class and will succeed in anything she sets her mind to accomplish.”
Terri’s future plans include transferring to Bellevue University and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business management and leadership. She also wants to continue her employment with Becton Dickinson and use what she has learned to help people live healthy lives every day.
When not working or studying, Terri enjoys fishing, camping and watching action-packed movies with her husband and son.