Sandy Sherman always knew that she wanted to work in healthcare, so she started out at CCV in 2010 with the hopes of pursuing a career in nursing. Along the way, “life happened,” and she ended up changing paths. She completed her CCV degree in liberal studies and worked as a paraeducator, but when she […]
Lily Brooks-Dalton is one of the lucky ones who does what she loves for a living. She has been able to turn her hobbies of reading and writing into a career as a multi-book author, screenwriter, and collaborator on a Netflix film adapted from one of her books.
Nine years ago a significant back injury changed the trajectory of Ginny Greenway’s life, shifting her focus to working smarter rather than harder. As a mom of six, Ginny had always envisioned herself going to college when she was done raising her children. She suffered her back injury when her youngest child was still in […]
Jean Cota was a stay-at-home mom beginning at the age of 19, and went on to spend 16 years as a registered in-home childcare provider. “I knew times were changing, and that eventually a degree would be required,” she said.
Small classes, supportive faculty and staff, and a sense of community at CCV helped Thato Ratsebe develop her skill set and prepare for her future. “The amount of attention that I got was incredible.”
Jeff Patterson took a CPR class in school when he was just thirteen years old. At seventeen, a friend’s father encouraged him to join the local rescue squad, so he went out for a ride-along. After that, “I was hooked.”
When Hal Porter was 42 years old, he found himself standing at the end of a long dirt driveway, pulling a small wheeled suitcase. Surrounding the driveway were a cluster of tired buildings and a few solitary trees. Beyond that were woods. A sign on one of the buildings in front of him read, “You are no longer alone.”
CCV alumna Tereka Hand is working on the front lines of the child care challenge. Studying at the College’s Rutland campus, she earned degrees in human services and early childhood education before opening her business, Rekaroo’s Childcare, in 2016.
“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.