Place of employment: Anne Arundel Community College
Title: Grant Navigator for the National STEM Consortium
Kat’s main responsibilities are focused on recruitment, retention, and job placement assistance. She meets with prospective students, supports current students and develops relationships with employers. During a typical week she is running open houses, visiting workforce agencies, talking with student referrals, and reaching out to local employers about hiring her students.
Kat managed the Professional Education Department and she was inspired to pursue her Master's by the desire to improve her practice.
Experience in the Adult and Higher Education program:
Kat admitted to being “very nervous about enrolling in a graduate program since a number of years had gone by since she completed her Bachelor’s degree”. She said that all changed when she enrolled in her very first course, that’s when she knew the program was a “perfect fit for her”. “I felt very welcomed by the program’s professors, and my classmates were friendly. Our assignments were challenging and highly relevant, so they prompted fantastic conversations inside and outside of the classroom; I was fully engaged from day one!” Additionally, she felt as though her previous professional experience was valued and that the professors understood that each individual in the classroom had something meaningful and relevant to contribute regardless of how diverse their backgrounds and career aspirations were. “The program itself supported the very adult learning principles that we were learning about!”
For more information about the USM Adult and Higher Education program please contact Graduate Admission at (207) 780-4386 or visit usm.maine.edu/adult-education