My name is Lisa Christofes, and I was a Summer 2015 graduate of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, where I earned my Associate of Applied Science degree in Histotechnology. I’m employed at Memorial Medical Center as the Clinical Coordinator for the School of Histotechnology.
I’m a 2010 graduate of Memorial Medical Center’s School of Histotechnology and am happy to be at the hospital and contributing to training new students. I returned to school at the age 40 and have embarked on a career path that I find challenging and rewarding. It was a challenge to return to school as a non-traditional student with a husband and three children, but I feel my life experience drove me to succeed.
WHAT FIELD OF STUDY ARE YOU IN?
I studied Histotechnology while attending Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
WHY DID YOU choose to ATTEND PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS?
I decided to attend Pennsylvania Highlands because from the moment I spoke with the staff they were all so eager to help me finish my degree. They helped me transfer the credits I received from Penn State University and Memorial Medical Center, and they even assisted with the transfer of credits through my military service.
The College offers evening courses that I am able to fit in with my work schedule. Also, the College’s variety of online classes make it possible for almost anyone to obtain a degree.
HAVE ANY INSTRUCTORS INFLUENCED YOU, AND WHY?
I completed a biology course at Penn Highlands and was very impressed by the depth of the lab associated with the class. The lab instructor really pushed the class to write professional lab reports. I was impressed with the lab itself, it was very up-to-date.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS?
I like how you receive a lot of support from your instructors, advisers, and staff. They are always trying to keep you engaged and learning. I can see they enjoy teaching.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU AFTER ATTENDING PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS?
After Pennsylvania Highlands, I hope to transfer the credits I have received and work towards my bachelor’s degree.
HAS PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Pennsylvania Highlands has motivated me to continue learning and advance my education.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW?
That it is never too late to become who you really wanted to be. Talk to the staff at the College, they will help you take the first steps to get there.