Volunteer Opportunity Becomes a Job
Mar 23, 2012
In 2009, Carrie Mangus came to the Akron Area Campus after graduating from high school in Akron. She heard about National College from a friend, and she knew that she did not want to attend a large University. “I was looking for a small school where I could get a lot of individualized attention.” Carrie found the right program for her needs, and she graduated in February with an associate’s degree from the administrative office professional program.
“I am shy by nature, so the bigger schools were intimidating to me.” Carrie came for a tour, and she was impressed with the small classes. She felt comfortable with the friendly instructors, and she soon began to have more confidence. Career Center Director Maxine O’Mara, helped Carrie with her resume, but because Carrie came to National right out of high school, she did not have any work experience. Maxine suggested that Carrie should volunteer at a business to gain office experience for her resume so she started volunteering for the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce. “Volunteering with the chamber really helped her to come out of her shell,” said Dean of Academic Affairs Norm Katz says of Carrie. “She was extremely shy, and when she started working, everyone could see a change in her. She even interacted more with other students and participated a lot more in class.”
Carrie did such a good job with her volunteer position that when she finished, the chamber offered her a paying job. Now she is working as the community showcase organizer, an event that will be March 31st and April 1st. Nearly 200 vendors participate in this event, and they are expecting nearly 1000 attendees. “This position has helped me to grow as a professional,” said Carrie of her new work experience, “I’m not as shy and I’m comfortable when I interact with new people.”
Carrie Mangus at the Stow Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce is pictured preparing nametags for a luncheon with Governor John Kasich.