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Marketing Student Lands Dream Job

Lauren Deese has already landed her dream job before graduation, but she couldn’t have done it without first experiencing classes at North Central State College.

Deese recently moved to Ohio from Florida, where she met her fiancé.  She chose NC State because of the smaller class sizes and affordability.  “I grew up in a small town in Florida.  When I moved here, I heard great things about North Central State,” Deese says. “With my immediate family so far away, I feel like I’m coming to my second family when I come to class.  The faculty and staff have really opened their ears and hearts to their students.”

“I have been able to grow such strong relationships with my instructors. If I need a little encouragement or wisdom they are there for me.”

One of the instructors that made a profound difference in Deese’s life is Paula Waldruff, the career pathway coordinator.  Along with her full-time position, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching a marketing class.  “She is a wonderful instructor,” Deese exclaims.  “Because of the skills and knowledge I gained in Mrs. Waldruff’s class, I got a job opportunity that I’ve always wanted.”

Deese recently accepted a position at Spire Advertising in Ashland as a sales coordinator.  She is also finishing her associate degree in marketing at NC State College.  “The classes in marketing have really helped me with time management, which is so important when you are a student and an employee at a business,” Deese explains.  At her job as a sales coordinator, Deese meets with local businesses throughout Richland, Ashland, and Wayne counties.  “I wouldn’t have been able to get this position without my education at NC State.”

Deese plans on graduating with her marketing degree next semester.