Student Stories

Stories from students in our Early Childhood Educationprogram

The COCC Early Childhood Education (ECE) program offers agreat way for students to aquire the knowledge,experience, and common skills needed for a carreer inearly childhood education.

Read what recent Early Childhood Education studentshad to say about their experience.

I am proud of my achievement, and look forward to continuing...

I got married and had my children at a young age, and subsequently never finished college. I have taught in preschools for several years and was surprised to see that many schools do not require a degree in Early Childhood Education.

For me, the journey of getting my ECE degree is one of personal achievement. I want to give 100% at anything I do, and by taking classes I have learned so much valuable information and met so many wonderful people along the way. It is important to me to show my children the value of an education.

As I finally graduate (at age 40!) with an AAS degree in ECE, I am proud of my achievement, and look forward to continuing a career in the preschool setting. Perhaps someday I will become the director of a program.


From junior high on I knew I wanted to work with special needs children...

From junior high on I knew I wanted to work with special needs children. I had a brother who had special needs and knew it was my calling. Once out of high school I didn't have the grades to get into college to teach so I went to business school, which I never used. I got married and our first child was a special needs child, then our second child had ADHD.

At the age of 50 I made a promise to a dying lady to go back to school and pursue my dream. I did. There were times in my 6 years of getting through college I questioned why I was there but I now am working my dream. Currently, I am a substitute Educational Assistant for ESD and work only in grade school life skills. I love every minute of it.


I've always wanted to be a teacher...

I've always wanted to be a teacher. Life experiences led me away from college and I waited until my mid-thirties to return. I began at COCC with the intention of getting my AAS in Early Childhood Education so I could be an educational assistant. After taking one ECE class I changed my mind: the information I received about educating young children filled my heart with a new energy and excitement. I knew then that my heart's desire was to become a certified teacher and teach in public schools. As the youngest of my three children finished pre-school, I received my AAOT from COCC and immediately began working on my bachelors degree to work with young children and their families.

I am excited that I have had this opportunity to pass on a legacy of education to my children and look forward to sharing my love of learning with others for many years to come.