Lori Benavidez McIntyre
Moses Lake, WA
AAS Accounting 1988
How would your life be different if Big Bend Community College wasn't there when you needed it?
"I would still be a cashier working in one of the local mini-marts if it were not for the educational opportunities
available at Big Bend Community College".
How did Big Bend Community College help you progress in your professional/personal goals?
"My first degree was an AAS in Accounting. That degree led to 10 years of employment as a bookkeeper for a
local parts supply company. Several years later I was able to return to Big Bend Community College to take the
courses I needed in order to transfer to Heritage University. Attending Heritage University was only possible for me
because of the branch campus they have on the Big Bend Community College campus".
Who impacted you at Big Bend Community College (faculty or staff)?
"One of the people who had a large impact on my education at Big Bend Community College was Mr. Rex
Wilkes. When I started the courses needed to earn my AAS in Accounting I was the first member of my family to
attend college and was very uncertain and nervous. Mr. Wilkes was a valued and greatly respected mentor who
offered guidance, support, and assistance to me and my classmates.
"Big Bend Community College allowed me to get the education needed to improve the quality of my life--first as
a bookkeeper and then ultimately in the profession I had dreamed of from childhood--teaching. Happy 50th
Anniversary Big Bend Community College!
Lori Benavidez McIntyre, Class of 1988