Program: Paralegal / Criminal Justice
Lewis and Clark’s newest Student Trustee, Ashtyn Britt, is thriving at L&C, and she credits her professors for making it possible.
“The professors are super friendly and helpful to students, and they create impactful learning experiences that help us develop our skills in class,” Britt said. “You get a wonderful education for a fraction of the tuition that would be charged at a four-year college.”
Ashtyn has already earned her certification in Social Media Marketing and is currently working on two Associate in Applied Science degrees in both Paralegal and Criminal Justice.
She has always been involved in campus life and Student Activities at L&C. Ashtyn is currently working as a staff member of the student newspaper, The Bridge; she has served on the Student Government Association (SGA) since 2017 and is a former SGA president.
As a Bridge staff member, Ashtyn has earned several awards from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association, including a first place in the Arts Review category; second place and third place awards for Headline Writing; second place awards for Editorial Writer of the Year and for hosting the Bride Podcast; and honorable mentions for News Story of the Year and Editorial Writer of the Year.
She has also received two L&C Honors Banquet Awards for Excellence in Editorial Writing and one for Outstanding Leadership.
Ashtyn said L&C has definitely changed her life for the better.
“Through L&C, I have gained a lot of wonderful experience, a proper education and have evolved completely from the person I had been before I came to school here,” she said.
Ultimately, she would like to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Baptist University through L&C’s 2+2 program. She said she may someday choose to go back to school to become a lawyer and would like to also write a book or two.
“My late mother wanted for me to be an independent, educated and self-sufficient woman,” Ashtyn said. “I believe I have fulfilled her wish and hope she looks down on me and smiles with pride.”