Lindsey Hoogkamer always knew she’d attend Centralia College. After all, her parents met as students at the college, and both her older siblings attended. Earning a full tuition scholarship was simply a nice bonus for the Winlock High School graduate.
“Since I was awarded a full-ride to Centralia College, I didn’t need to worry about finances while earning my associate degree,” she explained. “I also applied for financial aid and received grants to help cover my personal expenses. Attending CC was a smart decision financially.”
Having her tuition paid also allowed her to get involved on campus. She served on the Student Activities Team and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for two-year college students. She took as many psychology classes as she could, and ultimately earned her associate degree from Centralia College.
“I’m a huge advocate for community colleges,” she added. “You will earn just as strong of an education as a university (if not better!). Your classes will be small and personal. Your teachers will know your name and remember you. You will have opportunities to get involved and campus and feel like you’re a part of a community that matters. Oh, and you will save money.”
Hoogkamer went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in 2010 and her master’s degree in education from Seattle University. She has been working in international admissions and advising at Seattle Central College since 2011.
“I feel a strong connection to the mission and values of community colleges, and I love being able to support students in their educational journey,” she said.