Attracted by a newspaper article announcing a new certification program at Paradise Valley Community College, Sharan Godwin decided the time had come to pursue her vision of becoming an entrepreneur. Sharan started her business, Crime Clean Decontamination in 1994 and has been stewarding her small business successfully ever since. Her Biohazardous (Infectious) Waste Specialization enables her to address these types of remediation jobs in addition to remediating car crash and crime scenes.
PVCC provided Sharan “the door to open and then pursue success.” The relationships she developed with her instructors (namely Bob Treloar and Suzanne Barnes) continue to provide her with support and encouragement. Their high-level commitment to students was both an inspiration and a guiding light as Sharan navigated her role as small business leader. They were her mentors. Her college experience gave her the desire to be successful and professional. As Sharan reflects on her PVCC experience, she appreciates the caliber of her teachers, the amount of knowledge they shared and their attention to the details, and the engaging nature of the classroom environment as key components of her experience.
Sharan’s commitment to timeliness, dependability, continuing education in hazardous waste and dedication to detail has enabled her to steadily grow her business. Compassion is perhaps one of the most important requirements for the service Sharan provides. Public health and safety is at stake and Sharan views what she does as “not a job but a lifestyle of service and compassion.” In closing, Sharan shared, “PVCC's curriculum and dynamic, interactive class studies gave me the confidence to go after my dream.”