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FCC Grad Jesse Tibbs, Occupational Therapist

Jesse Tibbs
Jesse Tibbs, Occupational Therapist

Jesse Tibbs graduated from Cisne High School in 2004 and like many high school students, she had dreams of moving away and attending a university after graduation. However, her mother felt it would be best to start at Frontier Community College. 

“I wasn’t happy about having to stay at home and go to Frontier,” stated Jesse. “But my mom wanted me to start my college education at Frontier and stay close to home. It wasn’t long before my feelings changed and I realized it was a smart decision. When my degree was finished and it was time for me to transfer on to a university, I didn’t want to leave. I loved Frontier and was sad to leave.”

After just three semesters, Jesse completed the Associate in Science degree in the fall semester of 2005. She had carried heavy course loads and had earned high school dual-credits. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and had achieved the CEO’s Honor List. In addition to coursework, Jesse participated in the work study program in the Financial Aid office. 

In January of 2006, Jesse transferred to the University of Southern Illinois in Evansville, Indiana, and was accepted into the Occupational Therapy program. She completed the bachelor’s program in 2008 and moved directly into the master’s program graduating in May 2009. 

Jesse is now working as an Occupational Therapist at the Center for Comprehensive Services in Carbondale, Illinois. The center deals with adolescents and young adults who have had traumatic brain injuries. She loves her job as an occupational therapist and finds it very rewarding as she helps her clients focus on community reintegration, socials skills, and independent living. 

Attending Frontier Community College has been a tradition for the Tibbs’ family. In addition to Jesse, her mother, Teresa, and sisters Michelle and Samantha are all four FCC graduates. Looking back at her time spent at Frontier Community College, Jesse says, “I loved my experience at Frontier and would recommend the college to anyone.”

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