Ivy Tech student and southern Indiana native heading to NASA

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- After nearly two years of walking the hallways of Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, Quincy Langford is about to rub elbows with the Ivy League.

After searching for internships and scholarships online, Langford found exactly what he wanted: NASA's Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

"I've always wanted to be a scientist," he said. "I'd like to be a planetary geologist with NASA."

The program gives community college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics an authentic NASA experience. Langford submitted an application and was accepted.

"We are going to design our own rover," he said.

But Langford wasn't one of those students who excelled in high school. He admits he was an average student at New Albany High School.

"I just didn't do too well," he said. "I didn't have access to a computer either, so I couldn't write any papers. A lot of things that just culminated into me just not doing too well."

But times have changed, and so have his grades.

"I've maintained a 4.0 GPA the entire time here," he said of his two years so far at Ivy Tech.

Dr. Travis Haire, Ph,D., the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, said the school is excited about Langford's opportunity and hopes other students follow the lead.

"Without a doubt, he'll be able to hold his own," Haire said. "I hope it inspires, motivates others to do things. If it's not NASA, it's the next thing."

The program involves a five-week online course and several days at NASA's Glenn Research Center. Students are encouraged to transfer to a four-year Universities to pursue NASA-related careers.

Langford hopes to eventually transfer to Purdue or U of L.

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