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Higher Education Spotlight on CCV: Interview with Alumna Margaret Armstrong

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by Carla Occaso

Photo by Carla Occaso
Photo by Carla Occaso

The Bridge: Tell us about yourself.

Margaret Armstrong: My name is Margaret Armstrong. I’m 22 years old. I am a first-generation college graduate, meaning I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. I’m originally from East Calais, Vt. I graduated from CCV with an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

The Bridge: What is your current profession?

Armstrong: I just started a new job at Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital in Lebanon, N.H. I’m an environmental specialist, which means I help keep the hospital clean and prevent the spread of preventable sickness.

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The Bridge: Do you think your experience at CCV helped you get your current job?

Armstrong: Yes, definitely! Because of CCV, I was able to learn more about leadership, how to be more direct with people. It’s really a “go get ’em” environment. The staff cares about your well-being. It inspired me to work hard.

The Bridge: How did you learn about CCV?

Armstrong: My neighbor heard about students going to CCV so I looked it up and it sounded like somewhere I really wanted to be. When I got to the campus, the staff really made it somewhere I wanted to be. They’re friendly and it’s really a home for the community.

The Bridge: Tell us a bit about the program?

Armstrong: My major was criminal justice. Some of the classes were very rigorous. What we were learning was heavy stuff, but our teachers really cared about us. Whenever we had questions, teachers were happy to answer them any time of the day. Also, since they specialize in the subjects they’re teaching, they’re really enthusiastic about helping us learn.

The Bridge: What is your favorite part about the program?

Armstrong: My favorite part was getting to meet the teachers and learn about their professions. They brought their knowledge to the table. It wasn’t just textbook stuff. You got hands-on learning all the time.

The Bridge: What is the average CCV student like?

Armstrong: The average CCV student is very outgoing. They know how to ask for help. They talk to their teachers because they know their teachers care. They’re very hard workers — a lot of them have kids or they have a full-time job they’re trying to hold down. By coming to CCV they are definitely bettering themselves and you can see that in a lot of them. They want to be there and they want to get an education.

The administrative offices of Community College of Vermont are located at 660 Elm St. in Montpelier. Photo by Carla Occaso.
The administrative offices of Community College of Vermont are located at 660 Elm St. in Montpelier.                              Photo by Carla Occaso.