Nikki White at her sewing machine

We have an amazing group of professors and advisors at MGCCC who assist students along every step of the way as we move through the challenges of the Associate Degree Nursing program. They are completely understanding and so incredibly helpful.  I’m so proud to be a Gulf Coast student.

Nikki White always has her hands full as a wife, mother of two kids ages 8 and 5, a full-time job at Beau Rivage Resort Casino, and full-time nursing student at MGCCC.  However, she didn’t hesitate to volunteer to make masks for local first responders and health care workers.

“I just wanted to help, and when I was furloughed from my job as a table games supervisor, I was very disappointed,” she said.  “Even with my son, Cade, and daughter, Callie, home from school, I felt listless.  I knew that masks were needed, so I began making them for local doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals and police.  I asked a few coworkers and friends to help make them and distribute them, and before you know it, we had handed out 500!  I just wanted to do something to be helpful, and the appreciation we’ve received has been tremendous. I know they appreciate that the community has their backs while they have ours.”

White is already a Gulf Coast alumna, having received a degree in business management and administration in 2018.  She just recently completed level one of the Associate Degree Nursing program and is ready to get started on the next level.

She said the program is a challenge, especially when she is working her fulltime job.  “Our instructors and advisers in the nursing program have made sure we have what we need to succeed,” she said. “They have assisted us every step of the way. From clinicals to exams and even while we have had to continue online, they have been absolutely wonderful.”

Looking forward to working in the health care industry, White said she has always wanted to serve others.  “Helping people is important to me,” she said.  “Experiencing a pandemic like this really shines a light on how important health care workers are to all of us. I just look forward to playing a role in helping our community.”

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