My success story began as a result from graduating from Sinclair Community College. After I was laid off from my previous employer as a Data Analyst, I was left feeling hopeless as to what my next steps would be.
I discovered the Displaced Workers program at Sinclair and immediately contacted this group for help. After meeting with the counselor of the program, I felt that there was hope after all. My eyes were opened to all the opportunities Sinclair had available for me.
I decided that my next career goal would be to work for the newly built Community Tissue Services for Innovation & Research (CTIR). My goal was to attain my certificate in Tissue Banking. I successfully graduated in 2011. Later that same year, I became gainfully employed with CTIR as a Skin Processing Technician. I held that position for fourteen months at which point I was promoted to the Recovery Partner Program as a Data Acquisition Specialist. In September of 2012, I became certified as a Tissue Banking Specialist with the American Association of Tissue Banking.
I owe my success to Sinclair! If I had decided not to go back to school, I would not have been exposed to the opportunities that were there for me. The classes helped boost my confidence and gave me a solid education that employers are looking for.
Bryn Smathers, an MRI Technologist at The Ohio State University Medical Center, feels very lucky to have earned his associate degree through Sinclair's Distance Learning Program at Hocking College. "Knowing what I do now, I would probably have picked Sinclair to move to, if not for the distance learning opportunity," he said.
His instruction was given via teleconference and intercom between the Sinclair and Hocking campuses, but it left Bryn feeling that he had received the full Sinclair experience. "I knew I couldn't get that anywhere else," he said. "It was a very well-structured program and a smooth two years."
"The detail and amount of time the teachers put into their classes had me so ready for the profession that I felt like I was ready for my MRI certification immediately afterward." This is exactly what he did at Kettering College of Medical Arts the following year.
As Bryn now prepares for his Bachelor's Degree at OSU, he remembers shaking the Distance Learning Program Director's hand at graduation and a bit of advice from his Mom: "Dedication and determination. It's gonna pay off, buddy."
Pat and William Carter
"I dreamt when I was nine years old, on West Third St. and going to Jackson School, of living in Africa and doing volunteer work abroad," said Pat Carter. "Sinclair was my gateway to learning and finding my potential in life's pursuit."
Pat and her husband, William, recently returned from serving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies for the U.S. Peace Corps. Pat hosted a call-in radio show about HIV/AIDS while William taught welding safety and regulations.
It's always been a team effort for Pat and William Carter. More than 60 years down the road, and with 44 years of marriage along for the ride, Pat said, "I give much credit for our adventurous spirit to my education and teaching time at Sinclair."
Pat left a lucrative job in sales via radio to become a full-time Sinclair student and ended up becoming an adjunct professor and Alumni Association board member. Since then she has retired from owning a business consultancy for more than 35 years and earned her master of arts degree from Antioch University McGregor.
With Pat's dyslexia, Sinclair provided support for testing and proctors through disability services. She said this was invaluable. Although her degree was individualized for International Marketing and Political Science, Pat took swimming classes; her favorite class was logic, and she attended free lectures from guest speakers as well. For Pat, time spent at Sinclair is best used "to explore and discover the other sides of life and learning."