NOTHING AT PIMA COLLEGEby Lyn Olsen on May. 12, 2012, under Education
Before everything else is said and done….
Perhaps because I did not come to teaching from the traditional college path…..
Perhaps because I taught at a community college where I learned about the greater possibilities education can be……
Or perhaps because many of my students came from the dredges of society, described as “loser welfare people” by administrators….
For whichever or whatever reason, when I came to Pima College 15 years ago, I found complete fulfillment of everything that I had ever hoped to be able to be and do in my life….
And it showed – in the great successes of my highly diverse group of students…
But was it worth it?
When I began teaching 15 years ago at Desert Vista in the office program, enrollment was low and termination of the program was contemplated….
I was assigned to teach 12 credit classes per semester in addition to all of the noncredit students who attended classes 30 hours per week for 6 months or more…
To be my best for my students and to ensure their success, I became involved in recruitment, advising, teaching, job placement and all other student services with the result that enrollment increased from 30 noncredit students to 140 – and the College’s response was nothing.
Additionally, to be my best for my students, I earned five national certifications in the healthcare administration subjects I taught and students nominated me as instructor of the year – still nothing from the College.
When NAWBO was going to cancel their professional workshop for the disadvantaged in our community because few people came, I asked for the chance to make it work, so Women Empowering Employment was born and attendance increased to over 200 attendees for which NAWBO awarded me the “Unsung Hero” award and Metropolitan Education Commission awarded us the Crystal Apple Award – yet nothing from the College.
With my students’ great successes, I was inspired to earn my Ph.D. in Higher Education so I could continue to give more to the college – but nothing from the College.
When I wrote my first, and then my second, textbook published by Cengage – nothing from the College.
When my article about the Aztec College at Pima was published nationally – still nothing from the College.
When I revised the credit program in healthcare administration on my own time because the classes had only a couple of students in them with enrollment subsequently growing dramatically – nothing from the College.
When service learning which was a favorite of Dr. Albert’s floundered, I created various projects to promote it including the service learning expo in which over 40 social service agencies recruited students for volunteer work and internships and which was praised highly by the community – but nothing from the College.
When I created thousands of highly successful partnerships with businesses and community agencies for internships, advisory boards, job shadowing, job placement and service learning – again nothing from the College.
My list is endless of the great opportunities at the College that I have been a critical part of creating, yet when I applied for more than 50 jobs at the College over the past 8 years the response of the College was nothing.
So after all is said and done, it is terribly discouraging that all of my hard work and dedication has meant nothing to this College.