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When Heather Moore ('14) came to Lincoln Trail College in 2016 as the Academic Counselor for TRIO Student Support Services, she was no stranger to the College. Moore started taking Performing Arts classes at LTC when she was about 14-years-old.

"That was one of the most important experiences for my adult life," says Moore. "It taught me responsibility and basically everything I needed to be a well-rounded adult."

Music and theater were not the only ways Moore took classes at LTC when she was in high school. She also took dual credit classes, focusing on sciences that were not available to her at her high school. She says that helped her figure out what she wanted to do when she moved on to university.

"I didn't realize how much it meant to me until I actually got into university. A lot of the classes I took were very challenging or they pushed me beyond what a normal classroom might have already done. Even if I had taken them at a larger high school where they may have had those AP courses, the classes I was taking [at LTC] were harder, so they were more challenging, more enjoyable. When I got to university, I realized how far ahead I was of those students who took AP courses in high school."

Initially, Moore didn't begin her college education at LTC. After graduating from Oblong High School, she started at the University of Southern Indiana. She chose to change career and educational paths and recalled her time at LTC and chose to come back to take her extra classes.

"Lincoln Trail definitely helped me focus on what I wanted to do. When I came to Lincoln Trail, I had no idea…I was in the middle of changing what I wanted to be and who I wanted to be as a person. It was definitely an apex point of my decision-making process."

Moore says she benefitted from instructors who took the time out of their schedules to spend time with her and helped her with her career search and finding internships. She says LTC has a staff that goes above and beyond any other school she's seen.

After graduating from Lincoln Trail College, Moore earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Interpersonal Communication at Eastern Illinois University. While there, she was heavily involved in Student Affairs and other organizations and was named their Student of the Year.

As the TRIO SSS Academic Counselor, Moore works with first generation, low income, and disabled students at LTC. Before taking the job, she was already pretty familiar with the program.

"I wasn't in the TRIO program when I was a student, but most of my friends were, so I was always around the program and I knew generally what they did and I saw the difference and how it affected my friends. I didn't realize how much of a difference that actually being in TRIO would bring to me when I actually stepped into the position. It has been amazing being able to walk side-by-side with students and that hands-on capacity that I've always wanted…it's nice to make a difference and help students succeed, not by giving them a helping hand, but to give them a hand up to their next part of their life and career."

 

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