I had been working in a factory job as a production supervisor for 14 years. I hated my job and went to a local job fair to find new employment. At the job fair I saw a table set up for McCann School of Business & Technology. The woman working at the table was the mother of one of my friends from high school who I hadn’t seen in 20 years. I went over to talk to her about my friend and she mentioned I should go back to school. Anyone who knew me at that point knew this might have been the craziest thing I had ever heard. I was one of the biggest “goof-offs” in high school.
I went home and told my wife that I spoke with McCann about going to school there. My wife said, “Why don’t you?” After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to go to the school and meet with admissions. I decided to enroll in school for Criminal Justice.
The time came for me to start school and I got cold feet. I moved my start date back to the next start. The next start, I was going to school and at the very last traffic light I caught the red light. While sitting at that light, I started thinking, “What are you doing? You are going to be the “old guy” at school. You were not that good in high school and you got Cs, Ds, and Fs!”
I was also working 60 hours a week. I thought to myself, “When that light turns green, make a U-turn and head home!” The light turned green and I pulled right into the school parking lot. I have no idea why I pulled into school instead of going home. I went in and met the other students starting in Criminal Justice. I realized some of them were older than me and some were younger. I met my instructor and I loved the school from that day on.
I graduated as Valedictorian of my class. I didn’t even know what a Valedictorian was until a few terms earlier. Four years later, I am working as the Director of Admissions at Hazleton Campus of McCann School of Business. I consider myself very lucky to have attended that job fair!