One of the first graduates of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program has returned to the Grand Island Campus.
Stacy Kelly is assisting OTA instructor Libby Paro with her handwriting clinic. The clinic serves children from the community who need help with handwriting skills. Kelly supervises OTA students who work directly with the children and give them feedback on their instructional skills.
When Kelly enrolled in the OTA program in 2010, she was a non-traditional student, having worked in advertising and marketing previously and being the mother of three children. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but she decided to go in a completely different direction.
“When I saw that the OTA program came up, I thought that this was something that I would really like to do,” said Kelly. “It was a really fun experience. I think I was more focused than when I was 18 and going to school.”
After graduating from CCC, Kelly went to work at Grand Island Therapy and the inpatient rehabilitation unit at CHI Health St. Francis.
A proud CCC alumna, Kelly is grateful for the opportunity that the college gave her to go back to school and to prepare for an entirely different career.
“Not everybody is going to get a four-year degree and you can find a lot of great degrees at Central Community College and not spend four years and a whole lot of money to find something that you want to do,” said Kelly.