Aug. 14, 2014
Mit Sunnassee wants to give back.
As an alumna of GTCC, she understands how difficult it can be to
fund an education, while balancing work, life and school. Sunnassee
has been there before. She raised three daughters while pursuing an
associate degree in information systems at GTCC. And she couldn't
have done it, she says, without the financial support of the
college. Now, she wants to pay it forward.
"I have been through that path before when I was here (at
GTCC)," Sunnassee said. "I want to give back, and this is one of
the ways that I can give back."
Sunnassee is the new 2014-2015 president of the GTCC Staff
Association, which serves as a voice for the concerns of full-time
and part-time staff members. It also hosts events throughout the
year to raise money for student scholarships.
Sunnassee is a native of Mauritius, a small island in the Indian
Ocean near Madagascar. Fifteen years ago, she and her husband moved
to the United States in order to provide better job opportunities
for their three daughters. Soon after, she enrolled at GTCC at the
suggestion of friends and earned her associate degree. Three days
later, she landed a job.
"I graduated Friday night, and GTCC asked me to work Monday
morning part time,"
Sunnassee said. "And the next month they hired me full
Today, Sunnassee is the administrative assistant and building
captain for the H5 facility on the High Pont Campus. She's been
working at GTCC for 13 years and has been involved with the Staff
Association for the last several years, most recently as vice
president and High Point Campus representative the prior year.
Her three main goals for the Staff
Association this year are to raise more money for student
scholarships, work closely with administration to achieve the
association's goals and inspire more staff members to become
involved in the association and "feel that they are part of GTCC,"
"This is the place where they can come, and we'll try to be
there for them and be the voice of the staff as much as possible. …
We can make GTCC a better place."
Joining Sunnassee as officers of the
2014-2015 Staff Association are:
• Vice President/President Elect: Wendy Smith,
Specialist, Auxiliary Services
• Aviation Representative: Wendy Walker-Fox,
Program Coordinator, National Aviation Consortium
• Greensboro Representative: Jodi Newkirk,
Administrative Assistant, Greensboro Campus Center
• High Point Representative: Lenore Coleman,
Administrative Assistant, Dean of the High Point Campus
- Carla Kucinski/GTCC