Anita Mansouri and Emily Serff (left) have been named Community College of Aurora honorees for the Phi Theta Kappa All Colorado Academic Team, the Colorado Community College System announced.
Mansouri and Serff will be honored March 12 along with winners from around the state at a luncheon at Denver Athletic Club. Credit Union of Colorado is underwriting this year’s recognition ceremony.
Mansouri’s career path appeared predetermined after earning a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in her native Iran, then working in clinical laboratories and hospitals in the serology, microbiology, and hematology fields. But her passion changed to nursing when she moved to the U.S. and earned a Certified Nursing Aide certificate.
Mansouri currently administers medication to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. She joined CCA in summer 2012 to complete the necessary prerequisites in Nursing and plans to eventually transfer and earn a master’s in that field.
Family medical issues shaped Serff’s educational path into American Sign Langauge. She is the oldest of seven children, five of whom were adopted. One of her brothers is legally blind, in a wheelchair, and has a feeding tube. Another has experienced numerous heart surgeries. Her two youngest brothers can’t talk, despite their relatively advanced ages (4, 7). Learning sign language for them is a large part of Serff's motivation.
She hopes to adopt deaf children herself after earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado.