Nursing Student at GateWay Community College Recognized as an All-Arizona Academic

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 28, 2015

Dorka Nsagane chose to pursue a career in nursing because of a long desire to care for others. Nsagane, a student at GateWay Community College, was recently named an All-Arizona Academic.

I decided to pursue a degree in nursing because it is a rewarding career, said Nsagane. As a little child growing up in Nigeria, I have always had the need to care for my relatives and people around me.

After moving to the United States, Nsagane discovered that nursing was the career path she wanted to take.

I gained an insight into the nursing field and realized that nursing was truly the right profession for me after taking The Fundamental of Healthcare delivery program course through Gateway Community College dual enrollment program, Nsagane shared.

After her experience in with the dual enrollment program at GateWay, Nsagane chose to study at GateWay for her associate degree.

I liked the services provided by Gateways instructors and staff members as well as the facilities that GateWay offers, said Nsagane. Words cant truly express my experience at Gateway Community College; it has been incredible.

While at GateWay, Nsagane has been involved in a variety of activities on campus, including the Prosper program, Honor program and Phi Theta Kappa. She also has a job on campus in the Childrens Learning Center.

I tell people GateWay is my second home, Nsagane said.

After becoming a nurse, Nsagane hopes to continue on with her education and become a nurse practitioner. Being named an All-Arizona Academic will contribute to her continuing her education after GateWay. As an All-Arizona Academic she was given a tuition wavier, which will cover in-state tuition at any of the three public Arizona universities.

It makes me feel very fortunate to receive a tuition waiver, said Nsagane. She plans to use her tuition waiver at either Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University.

Now that part of the cost for her education has been covered, she can continue to focus on her academic pursuit.

Its truly an amazing feeling for me to be selected as an All-Arizona Academic; I feel delighted, Nsagane said.

“This is quite an honor for the chosen student, only two students are picked out of a large pool to represent GateWay, Theresa Frimel, Honors Faculty Director, said. These recipients are committed to academic excellence and community service.”

The minimum qualifications for All-Arizona Academic is a 3.5 GPA and be set to have 48 credit hours by the end of students second year. The scholarship is open to any student.


About GateWay Community College

As one of the 10 regionally accredited Maricopa Community Colleges, GateWay Community College is a fully accredited public institution of higher education located in Phoenix. Offering more than 125 certificate and associate degree programs in the areas of Business and Information Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Technology, Nursing and University Transfer, GateWay has emerged as a leading institution to meet the needs of business and industry. The campus is located at 108 North 40th Street, Phoenix AZ 85034.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Medical marijuana could be Jamaicas economic legacy, says businessman Joe Issa

(PRWEB) February 13, 2015

Executive Chairman of Cool Group, Joe Issa, says medical marijuana could be Jamaicas economic legacy, according to an article in the North Coast Times newspaper published on January 9, 2015 at

Issa made the comments as the authorities now look to taking the next step in 2015, of legalizing marijuana for the purpose of making medical and other products that can be monetized. Issas heightened expectation is also shared by others, as is expressed in The Gleaner newspapers Letter of the Day titled, Is It Ganja To Our Rescue?

Published on January 15, 2015 at /2015 0115/letters/ letters 1.html, the author says Jamaicans are captivated by a high, not that which comes from smoking marijuana, but by another high which comes from their eager expectation for the legalisation of marijuana and the economic transformation they envision from its large-scale production for export and the development and manufacture of products, especially for medicinal purposes.

Ganja reform has remained an elusive dream for many years until 2014, when the promise was made by business savvy Justice Minister, Mark Golding who, along with two long-time friends which include the current National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, founded a hugely successful and award-winning investment banking house, which was reputable, progressive and innovative (see

In the article titled, Jamaica: Government Promises Relaxation Of Ganja Possession Laws by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 13, 2014 at, Golding said Parliament was in favour of legislating to expunge the criminal records of persons with minor marijuana convictions and that additional legislative efforts are also underway to develop a legal framework which will allow the emergence of medical ganja and industrial hemp industries in Jamaica.

Last year October, Golding steered the Jamaican Parliament into passing the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Act 2014 and by year-end had legislation drafted to make the possession of small quantities of ganja a non-arrestable, ticketable infraction, and allow the possession and use of ganja for scientific research, religious and medical purposes, says the governments news agency, Jamaica Information Service, in its year in review of the Justice Ministrys ganja reform legislative agenda, at

Talking to the North Coast Times newspaper in an interview about the highly anticipated next step of legalizing medical marijuana by the Jamaican parliament and what that will mean for the country, Issa says it may be the countrys economic legacy, calling it a once-in-a-life-time opportunity which, when comes along must be grabbed, nurtured, protected, administered and monetized.

However, many like Issa think the move has taken too long, coming 40 years after Jamaican reggae icon Peter Tosh sang Legalize It. Issa laments that Jamaica is behind the United States in medical marijuana, an industry that could turn the Jamaican economy around by providing significant income for farmers and others in the value chain, jobs for people and money in government coffers through taxes, which cannot be levied as long as marijuana remains illegal.

Currently, some 14 US states have legalized marijuana, and over-the-counter sales is already a booming industry, leading Issa to posit that Jamaica could be left behind in the race and may even have to import marijuana from the US, unlike which, Jamaica has few natural resources other that bauxite, and depends largely on tourism and agriculture to provide jobs for its people and infrastructure.

Issas position is supported, from as early as 2001, by Jamaicas National Commission on Ganja which, among other recommendations in its report published at htm, says in order that Jamaica be not left behind, a Cannabis Research Agency be set up, in collaboration with other countries, to coordinate research into all aspects of cannabis, including its epidemiological and psychological effects, and importantly as well its pharmacological and economic potential, such as is being done by many other countries, not least including some of the most vigorous in its suppression.

In its preface, the Commission report of 2001, which recommends decriminalizing ganja for personal, private use by adults and for use as a sacrament for religious purposes, says for well over a hundred years, ganja has become the subject of considerable debate and investigation, beginning with the much celebrated India Hemp Commission of 1894, which was followed by no fewer than ten landmark Commissions and studies.

The 2001 report is said to have come following exhaustive consultation and inquiry involving some 400 persons from all walks of life, including professional and influential leaders of society, and the favourable sentiments expressed about marijuana by Jamaicans, were found to be consistent with those of similar studies in the US, which show that 70% of Americans believe marijuana must be legal for medical purposes, while 53% support the drug being given the same recognition as alcohol, and most of them say it should be accessible to adults, according to figures stated by noted advocate, Dr Ethan Nadelmann in a Gleaner newspaper article published on December 19, 2014 at

Professor Nadlemann, who is the executive director of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the leading body promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights in the US believes, like Issa, that Jamaica is far behind on medical research on ganja and that if something isn’t done soon, Jamaica could find itself importing ganja from the United States in the next 10 years, says another article posted on December 15, 2014 at

Known for his outspokenness on the issue, Hadlemann says half of the US has now made marijuana legal for medicinal purposes and millions of Americans are now receiving the drug through recommendations from medical doctors. He says there are also thousands of dispensaries, shops and stores selling marijuana legally, with millions of dollars in tax revenues going into US government coffers, as has been expressed by Issa to be the potential outcome for Jamaica when ganja is legalized.

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Northern Virginia Technology Council Submits 2015 Legislative Agenda to Virginia Policymakers

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Click here for a full copy of NVTC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda, or here to see NVTCs legislative accomplishments during the 2014 General Assembly.

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