I graduated from Glen Oaks Community College with an Associate of Arts. I attended Glen Oaks as a single parent student and experienced the difficulty of juggling many different responsibilities while attending college. Glen Oaks’ staff provided the support I needed to manage personal responsibilities and complete my degree.
Once I found employment in my chosen field, I returned to college to complete a Bachelor of Arts at Spring Arbor University and recently completed a Master of Social Work at Western Michigan University.
Glen Oaks mission “Transforming Lives and Advancing Communities” became evident in my life. Through counseling support, excellent instructors, and a supportive Glen Oaks’ student community, I was able to plan and complete my academic goals.
Although my training is in the profession of social work, I now work as the Student Support Specialist/Single Parent Coordinator at Glen Oaks. Through hard work and perseverance my lifework has become meaningful and satisfying, bringing me full circle to the place I began. I believe education opens possibilities in one’s life and feel my experience is a testimony to the life changing power of education.
My experience has also allowed me to develop a reliable understanding of the resources available to support single parents and other populations of students who are endeavoring to complete their academic goals. I strive to help students by encouraging them to explore their personal strengths and by linking them with information and resources that may prove helpful while attending classes at Glen Oaks. My personal mission is to improve access and opportunity to everyone who chooses to pursue their education.
I value education and service. I personally believe that knowledge is power and through education, each student can build on his or her strengths to reach a personal best.
I am available to assist students through assessment, linking or connecting to internal or external services, and academic advising. Call or email me to schedule an initial appointment and together, we will explore certificate and degree choices that meet your career goals.
If you qualify for services through the Occupational Student Success Program, you may qualify for supplemental funding to pay for tuition, books, fees, and childcare. All applicants who are eligible for Occupational Student Success Program services must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be able to demonstrate need according to Carl D. Perkins guidelines. If you think you qualify for services, stop by the Student Services office to pick up an Occupational Student Success Program brochure or contact me at 269.592-4241, or email me.