Cheryl McIntyre has graduated from Clackamas Community College twice. In spring 2010 and 1980. What brought her back to college after 30 years? A changing economy, and a need to change careers.
After earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice in 1980, Cheryl was ready to begin a career in the juvenile justice system. But life intervened. She met her husband while at CCC and started a family. Like today, the country was in a recession. Cheryl went on to work as a sales rep in manufacturing where she remained for 30 years. Unfortunately, she lost her job a year ago in the economic downturn.
Cheryl connected with work force services at CCC and started in a program for displaced workers. She began looking into programs in the medical field. “I was scared to death,” Cheryl says. “I was going back to school after 30 years surrounded by students the age of my son.”
Cheryl’s fears disappeared when she attended an orientation by Helen Wand for CCC’s Clinical Lab Assistant program. There she found people of all ages and all stages of life. She entered the program and thrived — once she conquered phlebotomy! Cheryl is a scholarship recipient and has maintained a 3. 5 grade point average. She is now considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the sciences.
Thanks to CCC, Cheryl's career is back on track.
For more information on work force services, go to www.worksourceclackamas.org or call 503-594-3448. Workforce Development Services is sponsored by the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County (WICCO).
For more information on CCC’s Clinical Lab Assistant program, go to http://depts.clackamas.edu/cla/ or contact CLA Program Director Helen Wand at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-594-0694, or call the Allied Health Dept. secretary at 503-594-0690.