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Industrial tech graduate hones emergency management skills, eyes JSU grad school

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Industrial technology major and summa cum laude graduate Amaris Alara Edwards is already putting her skills to work with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Now, she’s preparing to begin her studies this summer in JSU’s Hazardous Waste Management graduate program.

Amaris CO2Edwards’ bachelor’s degree is concentrated in emergency management technology in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Ultimately, she plans to seek full-time employment with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, where she’s currently a contract employee as a disaster reservist.

NAACP, SGA, Pre-Alumni Council

A native of Byram, Mississippi, Edwards said she’s grateful to JSU for preparing her career. During her time on campus, Edwards was a member of the Pre-Alumni Council, the NAACP, and the Student Government Association.

Among her honors include inductions and involvements in Epsilon Pi Tau; Tau Sigma National Honor Society; the National Collegiate Scholars; and the Mortar Board.

“Jackson State University means a lot to me because I have always had love for my institution. Being a student at JSU has allowed me to meet some great advisers and mentors who have had a major impact on my success thus far. In fact, I’m a better speaker because of my experience at the HBCU. The organizations and students I have met on campus helped me to come out of my shy shell,” Edwards said.

Determined to graduate on time

She described her upcoming graduation as a “huge accomplishment” despite some adversities. Leaping over those hurdles, Edwards continued to enroll in summer classes every year to stay on track with her classes so she could graduate on time.

“I’ve always tried to make the best of every situation, so enrolling at Jackson State University was an excellent choice. The people here helped me to network with those in my career and with other students who are on the same career path as me. Now that I’ve earned my degree, I also plan to help others make network connections.”

Edwards extends special acknowledgment to her parents and academic advisers. “They pushed me to work harder to achieve better. Because of what JSU has done for me, my future plan is to influence others to attend JSU and serve others,” she said