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QEM Taps Lawson State’s Creer for Washington Internship


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Birmingham, AL 35221

Contact: Geri Albright
Director of Public Relations
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QEM Taps Lawson State’s Creer for Washington Internship

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Ms. Marylyn Creer, a Lawson State Community College student, has been selected as a summer intern by the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network’s Health –focused Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

The QEM Program, a 10-week internship, is designed to enhance the intern’s ability to apply the knowledge to the assignment, increase the understanding of the health and educational needs of minorities, and instill a sense of responsibility in each intern to help others in the communities.

“I was so happy to have received the internship that I shouted, then found my instructor, Ms. Smith, and we shouted!” Creer said. “This was a very competitive program with only ten interns being selected nationwide from a field of more than 100 applicants and I was one of the ten.”

The program is for undergraduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who are majoring in health-related fields.  The program lasts from May 25-July 31, 2009.

Upon return to school, each health-focused intern will conduct outreach activities during the academic year at their home institution or in neighboring communities.  Creer’s outreach project will focus on heightening the awareness in the community about AIDS and available resources.

“We are very concerned about HIV and its daily spread.  Participation in this internship can allow me to transfer all of my learning and training back into the lives of those I love the most,” Creer said. “It will allow faith, trust and credibility to be infused back into areas by myself and others that have a stake in the communities in which we live, and in which many of us die.”

Other program benefits include training from the American Red Cross and official certification as HIV/AIDS outreach specialists; tours of museums, libraries, and other science and health-focused sites; housing and a stipend for full-time participation in the summer; and peer network development with other interns.  

Creer is pursuing an associate degree in nursing and has a 3.5 grade point average.  Her career objectives include becoming a nurse practitioner and pursuing a pre-medical and biology path.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a retiree from Bellsouth Telephone Company, and has recently worked as a certified nursing assistant and substitute school teacher.

Dedicated to her community, she has served in roles including 25 years as president of the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, the Birmingham Mayor’s Commission, president and founder of “Mentor A Winner” for underprivileged children, and president and founder of “Woodlawn Housing Affordable Mission and More” that focused on revitalizing dilapidated housing stock in the neighborhood.

“Marylyn has this deep down burning desire to excel in whatever she sets out to do, she loves people, she’s an extremely hard worker and despite whatever obstacles that may come her way, she has demonstrated the ability to overcome them with a positive attitude,” said Mary Smith, an instructor in the natural sciences.  “She has a thirst for knowledge like no other student I’ve ever met.  She was an excellent choice for this program.”

“This internship is so important to me,” Creer said. “If we can build bridges and inroads into neighborhoods, rural areas of the forgotten; and establish stable bases of operation, I am convinced that the people will believe that there is a serious interest in defeating HIV.”

The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization dedicated to improving the education of minorities throughout the nation.

Lawson State Community College’s Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence (ACAE) is growing at a fast pace. The college was recently selected to become a Regional Diagnostic Training and Certification Center, one of only four in the nation. And now to add to that accomplishment, Tom Berryman has become the only Snap-on certified instructor in the region

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