Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumna
Elisa Rodriguez grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio. Her father was an immigrant from Mexico and always had high hopes for his daughter.
He taught her the value of an education when they visited his home. Rodriguez's father took her to pick tomatoes. She knew after a few minutes that it wasn't the career for her.
Her father was disappointed when at the age of 16, Rodriguez found out she was pregnant and dropped out of high school to get married and care for her child.
After having her second son, Rodriguez decided to earn her GED. In 1988, she passed the GED. In 1989, she enrolled at Owens Community College to discover a career.
"Even though I was a good student in high school, I was too intimidated to go to a four-year university," said Rodriguez.
She liked working in an office and joined the secretarial program. During her time as a student at Owens, she became a student worker and had the opportunity to work in several office settings.
"I learned so much in the student worker positions. I learned how to type and work in an office setting. I loved the opportunity to help students and learned to handle the responsibility," said Rodriguez.
In December 1991, she earned an associate's degree majoring in information processing/secretarial.
"My dad came to the ceremony and was so proud of me on graduation day. I had completed the education he always wanted for me," said Rodriguez.
In 1992, she applied and was hired at Owens Community College in a grant-funded position as a secretary. Soon a full-time permanent position opened up and Rodriguez was hired as a secretary in Enrollment Services.
"I love working at Owens because I have the opportunity to mentor our student workers now. So many come back and tell me how they are doing in their careers and I love being a part of that," said Rodriguez.
In 2000, she decided to go back to school for a pre-business administration transfer degree. In 2005, she graduated from that program. Now, she is working on her bachelor's degree in business and is the Administrative Coordinator for Student Development at Owens and happily married for 30 years.
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