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Community College of Rhode Island — Biotechnology

Kathy Greenwood
CCRI Student Profile

Kathy started college at age 40 after dropping out of high school at 16 and getting her GED. “I was a troubled teen, and school wasn’t important to me at the time. After working full time for 20+ years at something I didn’t really enjoy, I decided it was time for a change.” While employed as a Customer Service Manager for a display manufacturing company, Kathy returned to school part time at night enrolled in the Biotechnology Certificate Program here at CCRI. “I’ve always loved science, and I still do! I used to dream about becoming Jacques Cousteau or Jane Goodall when I was younger. It had been so long since I was in school…. I was intimidated and I needed a short term, achievable educational goal. The Biotechnology Certificate Program was a great fit for me.”

While enrolled at CCRI, she arranged an interview with Governor Carceiri and the Biotechnology class at CCRI to discuss the future of Biotechnology in RI and plans for education and employment within the state. She has been an active participant in the Tech Collective, a non-profit organization in Rhode Island for the Information Technology and Bioscience industries, attending their Bio-Tuesday gatherings hosted at a different RI Bioscience company the first Tuesday of every month. “Not only did CCRI provide me with a great education, it also encouraged me to network in the field I was interested in. My teacher, Scott Warila, arranged a tour at Amgen and made sure we were notified of grants, internships and local activities in our field.”

Kathy has since completed the Biotechnology Certificate Program with a GPA of 4.0, and hopes to continue at CCRI for an Associate’s Degree in Science. “I’m not scared of school any more. I’ve learned that my dreams are achievable.”