Assosicate in Arts and Science 1995
How would your life be different if Big Bend Community College wasn't there when you needed it?
"I would probably still be working 3 or 4 part time jobs for barely minimum wage".
How did Big Bend Community College help you progress in your professional/personal goals?
"I attended Big Bend during my lunch hour for 3 years to get enough classes (one class a quarter) to get my
transferable degree. I needed the AA degree to be eligible for a promotion at Head Start. I got the promotion. That
promotion gave me the courage to apply for and get my first position at Big Bend, Families that Work Coordinator-
temporary. I was put on full time after 6 months after growing the program from $70,000 to $250,000 and 150
students. I also had to commit to obtaining my BA within two years. I completed the BA degree within two years
entirely online through Western Washington University. If President Bonaudi had not insisted, I would not be doing
what I am doing now. I am forever grateful for that push".
Who impacted you at Big Bend Community College (faculty or staff)?
"The single most important person at Big Bend when I was a student was Dave Wolfe. I took several classes
from him and he was a great instructor. But the most important thing he did was let me challenge English 201. I
needed that class to graduate and I was in a hurry because my husband had cancer and was in chemotherapy
treatments. His prognosis was very grim and I was afraid I may have to be the sole provider for my family. I felt I was
running out of time and I needed the degree to give me a shot at better paying jobs. Mr. Wolfe allowed me to
challenge the class and graduate at the end of Spring Quarter instead of the barrier of returning in the fall for that one
class. It made all the difference in the professional choices I had from that time on. It allowed me to apply for the job
at Big Bend in 1999".
Terry Kinzel, Class of 1995