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Marsha Oliva, Business Support Specialist Graduate

“AACC has given me the confidence and skills I need to succeed.”

Marsha Oliva started taking classes at AACC at the end of 2004 to earn her GED. In January of this year, she enrolled in the business support specialist program and she completed it this past June. This spirited young woman made the Dean’s List during both sessions of the certificate program. Marsha is now looking forward to a successful future.

“AACC has given me the confidence and skills I need to succeed,” said Marsha. “Through the business support specialist program I got so much more confidence in myself and picked up public speaking skills. I found my niche in computers and my professors kept telling me that I was really good at it. I had great professors. Wanda Parker Smith, for Business Communications and Business and Its Environment, inspired me to [look into studying] human resources. Kathy Baumann was probably the one who made me more confident in myself and my computer intelligence, and Kathy Miller – she was my amp-up teacher. She kept me going.”

Marsha is now planning on taking some general studies classes to work toward an associate’s degree in business management. Living in Hanover, Marsha has easy access to the Arundel Mills site and she loves that it is so convenient. She hopes to one day be a business executive and possibly do something in broadcasting.

“I want to further my education. I have a little girl who is two-years-old and I want the best for her. I want to get my career started.”

Marsha will officially graduate from the business support specialist program in the spring. In the meantime, she will continue to enjoy her AACC experience.

“I am new to the experience and I am loving it so far,” said Marsha. “All the classes I take motivate me to take more and more.”