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Carolyn Szatkowski

Carolyn Szatkowski

Congratulations to PVCC’s 2019 Hero of Education, Carolyn Szatkowski!  A lifelong learner and alumna of PVCC, Carolyn is a tireless advocate and champion for our campus. Her initial plan to take creative writing classes for one year, evolved into a ten-year educational pursuit.  From the moment she stepped on campus, Carolyn found it to be a welcoming educational community; very willing to guide and support the potential student.  Faculty Lois Roma-Deeley and Ryan Stone made this such an engaging and worthwhile experience she kept coming back for more.  Carolyn’s initial goal to “expand one’s horizons,” developed into a lifelong friendship with Professor Roma-Deeley.  This friendship, coupled with Carolyn's passion for education and the creative writing process, has been the guiding force in establishing the Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing here at PVCC.

Carolyn’s volunteerism has greatly advanced PVCC and has measurably impacted the campus over the last decade. Carolyn currently serves as Community Advocate for the President of PVCC.  She has been instrumental in sharing the PVCC story with our community.

Carolyn’s experience reminds us that learning is a lifelong journey and even though you may have completed a higher education degree or two, the thirst for learning may certainly be satiated at your local community college.  She is committed to letting others know that community colleges are a major player in the development of the community and an integral part of the social, educational and environmental fabric. Carolyn is a proud Puma alumna and a true hero of education.