Priscilla Rivera – How A Scholarship Changed the Course of Her Career
Priscilla Rivera always wanted to attend college, but applying seemed like a daunting task. Goodwin College and the Mutual Housing Association in Hartford gave her the push she needed to become a student.
Rivera took advantage of an opportunity to sharpen her skills through a 10-week course on leadership offered by the Mutual Housing Association.
At the end of the course, Rivera completed a final project in which she focused on community services for young women and babies. She researched and reported services offered to those in need of help.
Rivera received a leadership certificate in November 2011 and was chosen by the Association, who works in conjunction with Goodwin, to receive a two-year scholarship. Rivera enrolled in Goodwin’s Homeland Security program in January 2012, after having been out of school for over 20 years.
“Before Goodwin, I babysat 30 children at my house, but once their mothers started losing their jobs, I knew it was time to go back to school. The scholarship really put things in motion.”
Originally from New York, Rivera worked at a flower shop in Manhattan and used to frequent the Twin Towers. Three months after she moved to Connecticut in pursuit of a better life, the attacks of 9/11 occurred. Afterward, Rivera decided to pursue a career that would allow her to help protect her country in some way. Her passion to help people and the aid she received from Goodwin propelled her forward.
Rivera hopes to set an example for her 15-year-old twins by dedicating herself to her studies and working a part-time job at Goodwin’s Math Lab and Academic Success Center, all while maintaining a stable home-life.
“I’ve had to put some things on hold and make sacrifices, but there is no failing at Goodwin.”
Rivera truly appreciates the in-depth material, “homey” environment, and experienced professors. After she graduates with her associate degree this fall, she will be going on to pursue her bachelor’s in hopes of becoming a probation officer.
By: Hannah Stacy