It had been a long time since Kristy Whitekettle stepped foot in a classroom. After twenty years in the workforce as a vocational instructor, she found herself up against a career ceiling. She knew she wanted to advance her career but her educational background was a barrier to advancement. She also had reservations about being able to balance school, work and family responsibilities.
“I was a little afraid at first to go back to school,” says Kristy. “But it was just a matter of me taking that step and holding myself accountable.”
Entering RACC as a psychology major, Kristy’s concerns were alleviated by the flexibility of RACC’s coursework, and the genuine guidance and personal attention she received from faculty and staff. Particularly helpful were the Student Life Leadership Program members, especially her Phi Theta Kappa advisors Dr. Donna Singleton, Professor Emerita, and Associate Professor Danelle Bower. Phi Theta Kappa is the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.
Under their guidance, Kristy developed the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed both at RACC and her career. She quickly became the Alpha Sigma Rho Chapter President of Phi Theta Kappa, a Certified Leader in the Leadership Program, and was named a 2016 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar, an honor given to an elite number of students selected from thousands of worldwide applicants every year.
At work, she applied for, and was thrilled to receive a coveted promotion to a Program Specialist position. She directly credits RACC with providing the pathway to these new horizons. “My experience at RACC has given me the courage and confidence to step out of my comfort zone and achieve things I once thought were unattainable. With my new focus on personal and professional improvement and development, there’s no telling how far I can grow personally and professionally.”