For as long as she can remember, working with children has been part of Jasmine Yegge's life. That interest seemed to sprout early, during her formative babysitting days, and later it continued when she served as a teacher's assistant in high school. More than that, though, it feels deeply ingrained in who she is. "I've always had an interest in working with children, even when I was very young," says the Bend-based student. "My interests only grew stronger when I became a big sister."
As a student in COCC's Early Childhood Education program, pursuing an Associate of Applied Science, Yegge is enjoying her studies while contemplating her first career step. In some ways, she's already taken it: Having spent her practicum working with the High Desert Education Service District, Yegge has been able to sample some workforce options through the immersive learning experience. "I enjoy being in classrooms and day cares, as well as nannying," she says. "I hope to be able to explore several areas that work with children before deciding where I plan to stay."
Recognized by her peers and coworkers for her dedication and diligence, the dean's list student merited a spot on the 2022 All-Oregon Academic Team. Yegge feels gratitude for the overall educational experience and support that COCC has offered, setting her up for a successful future.
"COCC helped me get an education without being in debt and led me to many amazing instructors that have been nothing but helpful, caring and inspiring on my journey forward."