Imunique Triplett is a 17-year-old Milwaukee resident who just earned her practical nursing diploma while still in high school.
She is one of the first to complete the nursing track as part of the M³ College Connections program.
M³ (pronounced M-cubed) allows Milwaukee Public School students to enroll in Milwaukee Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee classes, earning credits that count toward their graduation from both high school and college with pathways including nursing, teaching, and general education.
Imunique says she had to juggle her three to four college classes and high school coursework simultaneously including during the height of the pandemic.
Her road to this achievement hasn’t been easy. Her great aunt and great uncle adopted her when she was 10 months to help provide a stable foundation for life and school.
“I work so hard because I’ve seen how people can struggle. I have seen my parents live from paycheck to paycheck and I knew that I wanted to change that narrative,” she said. “I have tried to surround myself with people who inspire me and that I can inspire.”
Students who complete the nursing track can become licensed practical nurses, who often work in extended care facilities or hospitals. They can continue their education to become registered nurses or nurse practitioners who have more responsibilities and higher salaries.
Imunique hopes to become a registered dnurse, but her teachers are confident she could become a nurse practitioner, the highest level of nursing.