Financial Aid Coordinator Honored
Adult Education Financial Aid Coordinator Gina Wright was selected as the 2020 WCCC Adult Education Coordinator of the Year and was honored recently by the Area Progress Council of Warren County. She began as Financial Aid Coordinator in 2013 after working part-time for three years as a Customer Service Representative in the evenings for Adult Education.
“The most rewarding part of my work is helping young students achieve success in a career they enjoy and working with older students to either advance their career or find a new pathway; all at the most cost-effective way possible,” she said. “I think motherhood best prepared me for this job, because it is just like raising my kids sometimes.”
In looking at the future of adult education and its role in preparing students for the workforce, she said she hopes to see it continue to flourish with industry collaborations and contract training. “Our advisory committees are vital to keeping our programs successful,” she said. “Without the input from business and industry, we would be doing our students an injustice.”
Mrs. Wright said she has seen some changes over the years in how the department operates. “We have listened to our business advisors and followed industry demand to streamline the overall program offerings and enhance the curriculum for the remaining programs to make them cost effective and prepare our students for immediate employment and the ability to progress in their career.”
Financing an education has evolved over the past seven years as well. “There are more grants available through state funding and additional opportunities through federal funding all while keeping the students and their debt as our main concern,” she said. “We don’t want to over-burden our students with unnecessary loans.”
While she is honored with the award, she credited her fellow staff members with taking a part in her success. “I appreciate the accolades for my job, but it’s not possible without the team that I work with in Adult Education,” she said. “We are a well-oiled machine with the students as our main focus. Everyone is always available and willing to assist where necessary; jumping in with both feet to help each other out.”