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  • Cortney (McGuffie) Streaker  

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    Cortney (McGuffie) Streaker earned an A.A. in General Studies in 2007 from Kodiak College. She also worked on campus as a Student Assistant for Student Services and as a Teaching Assistant. She went on to complete her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Ashford University.
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    Her favorite professor at Kodiak College was Dr. Cindy Trussell from the Natural Sciences Department. Though she says science was not her strongest point, Dr. Trussell "always made it relevant and helped us understand why the concepts mattered. She made me want to learn." .
    Cortney now works in the Washington DC area as a Contracts Representative for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a major government contractor.
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    Cortney shared that she has many wonderful memories of Kodiak College and says it was such an influential part of her life. "I remember the day I walked onto campus as an 18 year old that had just moved to Kodiak - it was summer still, but i was ready to go! I very quickly realized once I started classes what a special family my KOC crew was, and when I say “family” I mean both figuratively and literally since my mother and brother attended at the same time I did, sometimes even taking the same classes as each other. I remember dropping public speaking twice (I was so terrified….how far I’ve come), editing down hours upon hours of bear footage as Mr. (now Dr!) Schreiter’s TA, and traveling to Juneau for a student government trip where we met then-Governor Murkowski. I even helped edit the course catalog one year!” .
    She now lives in the rat race that is the Washington DC/Baltimore metro area and says she has cherished memories of the peacefulness of campus and the amazing views of the forest through the library windows. .

  • Corie Santos
    Corie Santos earned her General Education Diploma through the Adult Education Program at Kodiak College in 2008. With support and encouragement from Evelyn Davidson and Adelia Myrick, she enrolled in the Smart Start program. After completing Smart Start, she enrolled in her first college course and earned credits toward an associate of arts degree. .
    Corie reports that she enjoyed all of her classes at Kodiak College but she "especially enjoyed math class with Jesse Mickelson. Jesse is approachable and down to earth, and provided a fun learning environment that helped me get over my math insecurities. Initially, I was afraid of math but I now enjoy it and look forward to helping friends with math questions."
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    After leaving Kodiak, Corie completed two associate degrees and earned a bachelor of science degree in women's studies from California State University, Sacramento. This spring, she graduated with her master's degree in counseling with a specialization in career counseling, also from California State University in Sacramento. Currently, Corie is an Enrollment Advisor with the Registrar’s office at California State University, Sacramento. .
    She remembers one day when the Kodiak Campus was closed due to poor weather conditions. She had not read an email alert about the campus closure so she braved the elements to attend classes. That day, only two people showed up to campus and both quickly realized quickly they should not have been on the road. Corie drove safely and carefully home that day. However, it quickly became a joke that not even a snow storm would stop her from going to class. .