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Career q's:

We ask the same guiding questions and get totally different answers about the paths that led people to their careers

  • What was your education and career path like? What jobs have you had in the past? How did you get to where you are?

  • What personal qualities and/or skills are important in your line of work? What education/training is required to get this job?

  • Tell us about your job; what’s a typical day like? 

  • What’s your favorite part of your job or what are you excited about right now?

  • What’s most challenging? Or, what surprised you about the role?

  • If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same career path? If not, what would you change?

  • What advice do you have for someone who would like to pursue a career similar to yours?

  • If you could tell your 18-year-old self on thing about the path ahead what would it be? What was something you wish you’d known?  

Two South Lake Tahoe restaurant owners share their paths: Kent Baer (Ernie's Coffee Shop) and Justin Kaplan (Tahoe Bagel Co.)

Four South Lake Tahoe community members working in criminal justice share their paths: Chris Campion (retired FBI), Ruth Loehr (Public Information Officer, CHP SLT), David Stevenson (SLTPD Cheif of Police, and Vanessa Wood (Supervising Deputy Probation Officer, El Dorado County).

Three LTCC alumni and community members share their career paths in the arts: Maeko Bradshaw (calligraphy artist), Matt Kauffmann (muralist and art educator), and Lisa Utzig Schafer (artist and shop owner). 

Gladys Aguilar is the Director of TRiO programs at LTCC and is also a jewelry artisan who owns Bella Drops Jewelry. 

Erik Baker is an instructor in the Theater Department at LTCC and is an engineer, actor, and writer.

Michelle Batista is the Vice President of Student Services at LTCC.

Ali Bissonnette is the Dean of Instruction at LTCC.

Cristi Creegan is currently the Mayor Pro Tem of the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Carl Franz is a Professor and Chair of Biology and a Professor of Chemistry at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Josefina Gerónimo is the Director of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM Grant at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Catalina Goralski  is a faculty member at LTCC and teaches Spanish.

Allie Hibbard is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an instructor at LTCC.

Sarah Williams is an academic counselor and the counseling lead at LTCC.

Nicole Ramirez Thomas is an archeologist and founder of Wonderstone LLC, which provides Cultural Resources Consulting.

More interviews coming soon!
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