After 45 years of being out of school, DaAnn Piglowski knew that she was not the same age as most of the students who attend SCC.
“All of the younger students were very accepting of me,” DaAnn said. “SCC is geared toward returning learners – I felt like I belonged here.”
DaAnn graduated from Jennings High School in 1966, then moved to Orange, Calif., to attend college with dreams of becoming a photojournalist. Two years later DaAnn gave birth to her first child, and, as she said, “Life happened.”
While working in customer service positions at various companies she received many awards for her hard work and dedication. But in 2008, her job of 21 years was outsourced and, with her husband’s blessing, DaAnn went back to college.
“Learning is a process that’s ongoing,” she said. “It never ends, no matter how old you are. I figured I might as well keep my brain functioning for as long as I possibly can.”
The most important thing about going back to school for DaAnn was being able to go at her own pace, and she said SCC allowed for that. “There is so much positivity on SCC’s campus,” she said. “I wouldn’t have thought of going anywhere else.”
DaAnn will never forget her roots at SCC. “I loved being part of this school and am proud to say that SCC is my alma mater,” she said.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2015.