MARIANNA—Chipola College nursing student Brenda Killings of Chipley was recently selected as the Florida College System Chancellor’s Clark Maxwell Student of the Month.
Killings completed Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing program in 2016 and will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Chipola in May.
As a 50 year-old, she enrolled at Chipola after learning of possible layoffs at the Chipley sewing factory where she had worked for many years. She started in Developmental Math and never looked back, completing all coursework to become a Registered Nurse. While working full time, supporting three children and a disabled husband, Killings was diagnosed with breast cancer in her last term in the nursing program, but she was undeterred. Dr. Karen Lipford, Chipola Dean of Health Sciences, says, “Brenda an inspiration to others in the college community. Despite numerous hardships that could have altered her higher education goals, she continued to work tirelessly to pursue a better life for her family.”
Though she is still battling cancer, Brenda continues to attend classes and is scheduled to finish her nursing baccalaureate degree in May. With feisty determination Killings says, “Chipola doesn’t see race, color or age of a student. They are colorblind to everything but helping you succeed in school. The college has helped me every step of the way. Even when I was ready to give up, they never gave up on me.”