A recipient of the Henrietta M. Neighbors Pousada Scholarship, Emmanuel Parker Afari is majoring in respiratory therapy at Casper College. A native of Ghana, West Africa, Afari came to the United States to further his education and ended up joining the Army National Guard in South Dakota. Afari started his college education through the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where his major was chemical engineering. "I realized that was not my dream," he says, "so I decided to switch majors." After talking to Doug Neubert, respiratory therapy program director at the college, "Casper College came into the picture because of the tuition cost."
Afari began his Casper College journey as a full-time student with online classes in the fall of 2014. In January 2015, he moved from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Casper and is scheduled to graduate in May 2017. Afari readily admits that the Henrietta M. Neighbors Pousada Scholarship has been a great help to him in achieving his education goals: "The scholarship I received has really assisted my education a lot. As a father and husband, it is very tough to work full time and attend school. This scholarship and others help me pay for my accommodations, food and gas. It would be really hard financially without the scholarships. I get time to focus on my education and don't have to work over 40 hours a week."
Following graduation, Afari would like to find a job as a respiratory therapist in a Wyoming hospital. "I chose this major because I want to become a health professional and help save lives, especially critically ill patients," he says. But his education won't stop at the associate level as he plans eventually to attend medical school.
"I am glad to get all the assistance I have through scholarships and the great tutors at Casper College," says Afari.