Before starting college, Jessica Littlefield had jobs in retail, title and escrow and a short tenure as a preschool teacher, but none made her feel “complete and satisfied.”
“I have always been the one in our group of friends who would throw all the parties, cooking all the food and decorating to fit the occasion,” she says. “One day my husband and I were talking about how I could make what I love to do a career and that’s when I got serious about going to college.”
Jessica started classes in fall 2011 and has been named to the Dean’s List two consecutive terms.
She is working on a degree in culinary and pastry arts degrees as well as event planning with the goal of owning her own catering and event planning company.
Jessica says that COCC has been a great experience: “I have been able to meet others who have the same interests. I have learned so many new things and am feeling more productive than I have in a long time.”
“All of my instructors have been very informative, great at answering my many questions and very encouraging in everything I have set out to do. They have offered me many opportunities to practice my craft as well as get on-the-job training.”
Her children motivate her to continue striving: “I want to show them how to succeed and the empowering feeling that comes with that success. I can't wait to open the many doors that have been set in my path.”