CSI Success Stories

Debra Wilson

CSI Graduate
A.S. Agriculture, College of Southern Idaho
B.S. Agriculture, University of Idaho

Deb currently works as Executive Director of the CSI Foundation in which role she has the opportunity to positively impact many lives by raising funds for scholarships that help students accomplish their educational goals.

Deb attended the College of Southern Idaho as a non-traditional student. Her story is best told in her own words:

“Like many young students graduating from high school, I thought I had it all. I had a full-ride scholarship to a private college in Idaho and life was pretty much at my fingertips. Although my life at my first institution was great, I made a challenging choice when I chose to get married very young and have a child. I decided to take a break from my education to focus on my personal life. Long story short....I ended up divorced with an 18-month old child, working two jobs without a college education.”

“I returned home to the Magic Valley and began working in the local lending industry. While there, a wonderful boss encouraged me to take a couple of accounting classes at CSI so that I could move into a new position at my job. I loved taking classes so much that when a position opened up at the College I jumped at the chance to work there, and within six years I finished my degree at CSI while working full-time. I loved CSI and grew under the caring, watchful eyes of the faculty and staff. They treated me with respect and caring and were there for me at every turn.”

“I loved having my associates degree and knew that the bachelor’s degree was also within my reach as CSI was successfully partnering with four-year institutions to make that a reality for students like me. I finished my bachelor’s degree by taking every class right here on the CSI campus either live, through videotape, or by distance education.”

“I often laugh when I tell people that it took me 26.5 years to receive my bachelor’s degree. But let me tell you, the 19+ years spent here at CSI have been the best of my life.”

“CSI believed in me before I believed in myself. By giving me the confidence, the tools, and the education to better myself personally, professionally, and financially.”

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Stories were submitted and/or verified for accuracy by the CSI students featured in them. Some of the stories have been edited for content/brevity by CSI staff. The currency of the information presented depends on when the story was submitted or last updated (we have been continually accepting nominations since spring 2007).