Transfer Student Finds Continued Success, Represents EKU for Madness Event

Ileana Padilla photo

When she first enrolled at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Ileana Padilla took only one course. By her own admission “a non-non-non-traditional student,” she simply wasn’t sure she could master college classes.

After graduating from BCTC with honors and with a Colonel Scholarship in hand, Padilla enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University, a more confident student but still a little unsure about the next step in her education and life.

From the first person she met on the Richmond campus, Dr. Abby Poffenberger, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities, who “was so nice, so kind, and made me feel so at ease,” to all the faculty and staff who taught and mentored her since that day, Padilla quickly assimilated to her new surroundings.

She continued to excel in her classes, compiling a 3.9 GPA to this point, busied herself with extracurricular activities and learned how to be a leader. While at Eastern, she was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and Alpha Phi Kappa, and served as president of the Latino Student Association. Now she’s set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and begin pursuing her graduate studies.

Little wonder Padilla represented EKU in this year’s Transfer Madness event, held March 5 to assist college students looking to transfer college credits or associate degrees to a four-year institution. Students can get the information they need to continue their college education by logging on to transfermadness.org on Wednesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

“I’m more thankful than anyone can ever imagine,” said Padilla at a recent media conference to announce Transfer Madness. “EKU is a great school. You can have a lot of fun studying and getting your degree and just socializing. You’ll have the time of your life.”

Of course, Padilla is just one of many students who successfully navigate the move from a KCTCS campus, or other institution, to EKU. With clear pathways from associate degrees to bachelor’s degrees, the process is easier than ever before.

Now in its second year, Transfer Madness connects students from the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to advisers from more than 20 four-year institutions. Students can chat live with admissions representatives and advisers at the universities of their choice, download e-brochures, learn about scholarships, and register for prizes.

“We have worked hard to create a ‘transfer-friendly’ postsecondary education system,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “And we are making progress, with an almost 30 percent increase in KCTCS transfers to public and private institutions over the past five years.”

Bob King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said: “Our campuses have stepped up in a big way to smooth the transfer process by creating clear pathways between associate degrees to bachelor’s degrees. These pathways will save students time and money, and Transfer Madness will help them develop a winning transfer game plan.”

High school students who plan to attend a community college before transferring and four-year college students considering a transfer are also invited to participate.

The event is sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the participating colleges and universities.

To register for the event and prizes, and to view the list of the participating colleges, universities and other partners, go to www.transfermadness.org

Published on March 04, 2014