Community Education Specialist, Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Class of 2009, Criminal Justice
"I made a late decision to attend college. I wasn't sure if I could afford a college education, but then I found CCBC. As soon as I set foot on campus, I felt right at home. The campus was just the right size, and so were my class sizes.
While attending CCBC, I was heavily involved in campus life. I had a work study position in the Office of Student Activities, and served as President of both Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Government Association. I attribute much of my professionalism and leadership skills to my student leadership experience.
After earning my associates degree, I transferred to California University of Pennsylvania. I immediately took advantage of every opportunity that came my way. I have no doubt that my experiences at CCBC prepared me for life at a four year institution. While many students are normally nervous and unsure of a lot of things when they first start at a four year school, I felt sure of myself and confident.
CCBC was a great transition from high school to college. I got a great education, but never felt overwhelmed. I was given so many opportunities to learn and grow. If I could go back and do it all over again, CCBC would still be my first stepping stone.
Today, I am a Community Education Specialist with Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. While interviewing for the position, I found myself speaking more about my student leadership experience than my paid work experience. As a student leader, both at CCBC and Cal U, I was given many opportunities to develop different professional skills, such as public speaking, which I believe attribute to my ability to perform in my job well.
CCBC will always be a part of my life. Just as I am always growing and learning new things, I know CCBC is growing and learning as well."