Sharonique Scott wasn’t involved in clubs and organizations while attending West-Orange Stark High School. But, she has more than made up for that while attending LIT.

Scott was attracted to LIT because the school not only offers training but helps students with job placement. In the recent LIT commencement ceremonies, Scott become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Scott said her mother has always been proud of her. “She is excited that I’m going to graduate.”

Raised by a single parent, Scott, 21, has never been afraid of hard work. Scott also started working while in high school. “Working young made me more independent,” she said. “I can’t just stay at home. I’ve got to have something do. I have to have a job. I was raised to be independent.”

Scott loves to keep busy. The Orange resident served as vice-president of the Office Technology Association (OTA) for two years. As an officer, she helped OTA collect Christmas toys and prom dresses for children who fall under the care of Child Protective Services.

The annual toy drive is currently under way, she said, with donation boxes in Student Services in the Beeson Building and the Learning Lab in the Technology Center. The Orange residents said she is pleased that her student organization collects toys and other items for youth who can’t be with their families. It’s a good cause, she said.

Her mother, Sharon Scott, is her inspiration. She has always been proud of her daughter’s work ethic and always knew she could succeed. Scott’s mother dropped out of school in eighth grade. “She always told me not to drop out, just to keep going,” the LIT student said. Her mother also said, “I don’t want you to be like me. Get an education.”

Since Scott was young, she wanted to work in an office. She will graduate next month with an associate of applied science degree in office technology, and a certificate in medical records. During her studies, she has learned a lot of computer programs and medical terminology which will help her once she enters the workforce.

In addition to being an honor student, Scott has served as a student representative for the Office Technology Advisory Board. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the Student Government Association representative for the organization.

In addition to her many achievements, Scott as part of her job in student services she inputs data from companies who are searching for employees. Scott types in data and also lists jobs by key word or employer so interested students can find suitable positions. The data base is so vast that it includes hundreds of job postings. 

It isn’t unusual to find Scott staring into a computer monitor and typing away to make sure the most up-to-data data about employers is available online for students. Both students and employers use the data base. Scott also helps students access the data and post resumes online.

Eventually, Scott hopes to work in a doctor’s office. The LIT student, a member of Greater St. Paul Christian Fellowship in Orange, has worked on campus for two years. For the past year, she has worked in student services.