Charlotte Whitney: “A community college gave me confidence.”
Charlotte is a part-time career advisor at WCC, a position she took after retiring from the University of Michigan, where she was the Associate Director of the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program.
Charlotte credits Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek for giving her the confidence to pursue a college education. Charlotte’s parents did not encourage her to go to college. Having raised their children on a farm, they expected them to stay close to home and continue the family’s farming tradition. Charlotte had other plans, but lacked the confidence and know-how to navigate the world of higher education. As a first generation college student, she didn’t have anyone to expose her to the college experience. She enrolled at Kellogg, and after a year knew she had the ability to pursue a traditional, four-year degree. She transferred to Hope College and then to the University of Michigan where she earned a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. She loved her education and the career that followed, and it all started at the community college.