“I didn’t work well with school, but I was smart. I would skip school and go read books,” says Richard Witting. He dropped out of high school at 17, tried a few classes at CCV, and then moved to the West Coast for more than a decade. In Portland and San Francisco, he returned to familiar work: food.
Gary Taylor served in the military and worked as a police officer after graduating from Burlington High School in 1973. He didn’t think a college degree was all that important. Taylor grew up in a blue collar family with a father who believed that if you didn’t work with your hands, it didn’t count as work.
These days, Dylan Giambatista spends most of his time under Montpelier’s golden dome— meeting with fellow lawmakers, discussing the most pressing issues in Vermont, bringing a bit of youthful energy to the working museum that is our State House.
Livija Mujkanovic immigrated to the U.S. from Bosnia at 19. She arrived in Vermont with her family, speaking no English. During her first year here, she worked two jobs—one as a housekeeper and one at Burger King. At home in Bosnia, she had been a student in law school.
Mohamed Basha is a self-described servant leader. More to the point, he’s pretty confident that most of his employees would also describe him that way. “One of the things I’m passionate about in life is service, and serving people,” he says.
CCV grads Justin and Randi-Lynn Crowther own and operate Burlington Record Plant, where pressing vinyl records has become a means of creating community.
Diana Stone is the co-owner of Stone Underground Construction and a CCV graduate.
Angela Givens, CCV’s 2011 commencement student speaker, attended CCV-Brattleboro and graduated with a 3.99 average.
Mohamed Basha received his Associate of Arts in 2003, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Health Science in 2006 at Castleton State College.
Courtney Beaulieu is a mechanic with the Vermont Army National Guard and returned to school in 2010 after a year in Afghanistan.