Grad stories: Battle Creek Central graduate eyes career in health care – Battle Creek Enquirer


Nalisha Cowan has never been one to back down, even when things get difficult.The 18-year-old prides herself of facing challenges head-on. For example, she recently completed a dual-enrollment emergency medical technician (EMT) course offered through Kellogg Community College despite an aversion to blood.
The Battle Creek Central High School senior persevered and garnered recognition from KCC as an outstanding EMT candidate during the college’s EMS pinning ceremony.
“I’ve always been a hard worker, (I) keep my grades up, so I was not going to let my grades go down even if the class was hard or if I didn’t like something,” Cowan said. “I still was going to do it because that was what was required of me.”
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While a career as an EMT may not be her cup of tea, Cowan said her interest in health care is as strong as ever, having been sparked at an early age.
She vividly remembers tagging along for her mother’s physical therapy appointments after her mom broke her shoulder, admiring the one-on-one attention her mom received, along with the hands-on nature of the job.
Aiming to explore her interest in health care further, Cowan enrolled in an intro health course through Grand Valley State University as a junior. She followed that up this year by taking part in KCC’s EMT course.
“(Nalisha’s) an amazing young lady, she really is,”  BCCHS health occupations and nursing instructor Deana Waterman said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what she’s going to do in the future.”
Seeking to combine her interests in physical education and physical therapy, Cowan plans to major in exercise science this fall at Western Michigan University, with a minor in pre-physical therapy.
Reflecting on her time at BCCHS, Cowan said what she’s most enjoyed is the people.
“Just meeting friends,” she said. “All my friends. I’m going to miss them.”
Contact reporter Greyson Steele at gsteele@battlecreekenquirer.com or 269-501-5661. Follow him on Twitter: G_SteeleBC

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