The road to an education wasn’t easy for Amlesh Chetty, who now works at Ready Meds Pharmacy in Renton. The Seattle mother of three young girls had family responsibilities, including taking care of her sick mother-in-law who suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) before passing away.
Chetty studied whenever she could, sometimes late at night when everyone in her house was asleep, usually between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. She was an exemplary student in the pharmacy technician program and even tutored classmates with pharmacy lab tasks and assignments.
Chetty earned her diploma last year before starting her career at Ready Meds Pharmacy in Renton. While she always strived to do her best, Chetty recognizes that the obstacles to achieving her goal made her a better and stronger person.
“I waited 15 years to go to school. My mother in law was incapacitated for five years before passing away,” said Chetty. “I was interested in becoming a neurologist but wanted to start out as a pharmacy technician."
In recognition of her efforts, Chetty, a graduate of Everest College – Renton, has won the college’s 2012 Dream Award.
I am honored to receive this year’s Dream Award and grateful to everyone at Everest College for helping me achieve my career goals.”
The award acknowledges one graduate who has completed a post-secondary education while overcoming extraordinary challenges.
“Amlesh was a real inspiration to everyone around her,” said Elyane Harney, president of Everest College – Renton.
As a Dream Award winner, Chetty will receive a $2,500 Everest College scholarship to pursue an advanced program in her field of study.
“She was polite and professional at all times and strived to put her best foot forward each day. She was often deferred by responsibilities, but never bemoaned that fact and recognized that the obstacles she faced made her stronger.”