Human Services Associates Degree
Current title, employer, description of role:
Hispanic Outreach Paralegal and Victims of Crime Navigator
I immigrated to the US from Mexico when I was 21. Now I am a mother to a 16 year old boy, married and a full time employee at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. Atlanta Legal Aid is a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to low income people in Georgia. I love working for Atlanta Legal Aid because they work for a great cause. We help low income people to have access to justice.
Why did you decide to pursue a college degree with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College?
Since Hayward, WI is far from everything, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College's location was very convenient. LCOOCC offered the career I was interested in (Human Services). Additionally, it was the most affordable college I could find. Going to LCOOCC was a great decision for me.
What does it mean to you to attend college in our local community?
My instructors and the entire staff at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College became like family to me, especially the preparedness summer program that I attended. The college is small and that’s an advantage over big colleges in my opinion. At LCOOCC I received personalized assistance when I needed it. I knew all my instructors and they knew me. At that time, I participated in a student program where I was getting paid and that helped me to pay for my tuition since I didn’t qualify for many scholarships.
When I was close to finishing my associate’s degree, I had to move back to Georgia. Not much later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. LCO and my instructors were very supportive with me. LCOOCC made sure I could be a part of the graduation ceremony by arranging for me to attend via video call. I appreciated this very much.
What does it mean to you to attend a Tribal College?
Attending a Tribal College taught me about the richness of Native culture and their history.
How did attending Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College affect your career and/or next College success?
By attending Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College I learned about social issues that I could apply to the work I do. I also learned how to work with people of different backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Some of my areas of study focused on trauma, abuse, domestic violence, poverty, social injustice, etc.
I certainly can apply all that I learned from my studies at LCOOCC at my work place and in my daily life. I am very grateful for the instructors I had because I learned so much from them.
What advice would you give someone who is undecided on starting college?
I would say, “Do it and go for it! You will see that it is worth it!” Going to college is a decision that nobody regrets.