NORTH RIDGEVILLE WOMAN COMPLETES HER DEGREE; ACHIEVES PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS
Barbara Metts of North Ridgeville, who is earning an Associate of Applied Business degree, said she returned to school because she didn’t want to be left behind in her career.
“During an evaluation with my manager, I was the only one in my department without a degree. That was a wake up moment in my life,” Metts said. Even though she has been with her company for 30 years she enrolled at LCCC to earn her degree so “no one would be able to tell me that again.”
She was not able to attend LCCC right out of high school as her mother passed away while Metts was a teenager and Metts had to take care of her younger brother. “But it’s never too late to work on a degree,” she noted.
Which she did, she said, on and off over the years “when my work schedule and credit card permitted.”
It was that work evaluation that motivated Metts to finally buckle down and complete her degree. Once she galvanized her intent to complete her degree, she found the assistance of business professor Maria McConnell and advisor Judy Pietch to be invaluable in helping her focus her efforts.
“Professor McConnell is always available for her students and she has been a great mentor to me,” Metts said. “And Judy Pietch helped put me on the right path toward graduation.”
Metts plans to complete a few more LCCC classes and earn a second associate degree and then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree.
“I find that a degree is a very personal goal to achieve as well as a good business decision,” she said.