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Dean’s Greeting


Happy Accidents and Successful Careers

Are you a planner, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? As much as I like things to work out exactly how I’ve played them out in my mind, experience has taught me better.

There is a saying that goes something like this: “It’s not a matter of what happens to you. It’s how you react to it.” Poet Carl Sanberg articulates this further: “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”

Nursing school was on the horizon for Melissa Amavisca, as it is her goal to be a traveling nurse. However, her Plan B has successfully charted her career in the healthcare field. Her end goal is still the same, but Melissa is thriving — and saving lives in the ER — along the way.

She might look familiar to you as she has been featured in various CCPE commercials and videos as well as returned to our classrooms to connect with other healthcare students. Melissa is truly an inspiration. Learn more about this incredible woman on our blog.

What’s meant for you might not always be so obvious. I am a proponent of education and lifelong learning. Knowledge is a long-term gift – whether it’s a 2-year degree, a bachelor’s degree, MBA, Ph.D, a professional certificate from continuing education – or a combination of them all!

Weigh your options and forge your path. If it doesn’t work out the way you intended, that’s OK – keep going. That’s why so many options for education and career advancement exist. There are no limits on how successful you can truly be.


Barbara S. Calhoun, Dean
College of Continuing and Professional Education

Dean Barbara S. Calhoun

Dean Barbara S. Calhoun