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Kippy Laflame

#127 Kippy Laflame
(Executive Assistant COD Foundation)

From Community College graduate to COD Foundation staff member.

In my second year of University my mother became very ill. Dad asked me, as the eldest, to come home and take care of my mother and seven siblings. After two years of nursing and motherhood the last thing I wanted to do was go back to school, so I didn’t, something I regretted for years. I moved away, went into sales and marketing and eventually got married.

When my husband was transferred to the U.S., I took the opportunity to go back to school and get my degree. I enrolled as a full-time, Business Administration, 36 year old student at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, MI and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Apart from getting married, it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I became an Accounting Tutor as well as a Peer Tutor for an ESL Creative Writing classes. After my experience in the Community College system my self-esteem soared. I’ve just completed my first year as a staff member with the COD Foundation. I am thrilled that everyday my work helps students achieve their dreams too.