Cindy currently works as Course Developer at CSI's Community Education Center.
She began studying towards an associate degree in Commercial Art back in 1977 at Florida Keys Community College in Key West, Florida. She was a full time student on a Government Grant for the first year. The second year she was ineligible for the grant and could not afford to attend full time, so she had to get a job and tried to attend a class or two in the evenings. Over the next 25 plus years Cindy strayed away from her original major and concentrated on classes that pertained to her jobs, businesses she was involved in, and other interests. When she moved to Twin Falls in June of 2005 and began to work full-time at CSI, she decided to pick up where she left off and finish her degree (A.A. in Liberal Arts).
In May 2007 Cindy participated in the long-anticipated graduation ceremony. The proudest moment of her life came when she walked into the gym surrounded by cheering spectators and her own family. In her testimony Cindy wrote: "For me, receiving my diploma was a personal challenge and a great accomplishment. You may have to work hard to meet your goal but in the end, the accomplishment you feel makes it all worth while. I am a firm believer that a person can never have too much education and should always continue to learn. I plan to continue my education in the Computer Graphic Design field. Being employed at CSI and the support I received from my boss and fellow co-workers in the Community Education Center where I work made it all possible."
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