Holmes Community College administrative assistant Elizabeth Shelby completed the Paralegal Technology program at Holmes and passed the Accredited Legal Professional Exam given by the National Association of Legal Professionals. Shelby, who works in admissions and financial aid on the Ridgeland Campus, plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University and eventually earn a master's degree.
"Elizabeth made a great situation even better," said Darleen Dozier, Paralegal Technology program coordinator/instructor. "She enrolled in our online Paralegal Technology program and took classes while working full-time. After completing her last class she took a national certification exam - and passed! We are very proud of her accomplishments and how she has represented Holmes through this process."
The Paralegal Technology curriculum is designed to prepare a person for entry-level employment as a paralegal in courts, corporations, law firms and government agencies. Classes are offered face-to-face during the day in Ridgeland as well as online.
Prior to her current position, Shelby served as an administrative assistant in the Holmes Counseling Center for four years. This role came after serving as an H&R Block office manager in Madison County during her first year living in Mississippi. Shelby and her family previously resided in Kentucky, where she worked for the University of Kentucky Department of Plan Pathology after working for Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.
"I chose this program because I thought it would be interesting and it did not disappoint," Shelby said. "Darleen Dozier is a great instructor; she is an encouraging motivator who pushes you to achieve your goals and she's interesting and dynamic, so I never got bored in any of her classes. The Paralegal Technology program really helped me expand my resume, build a bigger skillset and open doors and opportunities for growth in my professional career."
Shelby and her husband, Mark, reside in Ridgeland. They have three daughters: Scarlett, 26, Mary-Kate, 25, and Anna, 21.