A Daily Task at Work Leads a Local Woman to Attend College
LEXINGTON, KY (September 27, 2007) For many executive assistants, taking minutes of meetings is a daily chore, but for Linda Winburn, it became a path to college. After eight years as an executive assistant for the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority and the Tourism Commission, Winburn began taking minutes at the Chamber offices when Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College (BCTC) began planning for a Winchester campus. It was through those minutes and the encouragement of BCTC Campus Liaison Jo Ellen Reed, that she began to believe that she could go to college.
A graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Winburn did well in high school but was discouraged by a counselor from continuing on to college. Upon graduating from high school, she accepted a job in Lexington and put her dreams of a college education behind her.
At 44 years old and working full-time Winburn was apprehensive about going back to school. She began slowly by taking one or two classes and as she experienced academic success, her confidence improved. She currently is a full-time business and marketing major student in addition to her job. I was nervous about being older than most students but I have been treated wonderfully by all students, said Winburn. We are all working toward a common goal and age is not a problem.
A Ralph Oliver Scholarship recipient in 2006, Winburn was recently awarded the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Authority Scholarship for 2007.
Winburn will graduate in May with an Associate Degree in Business Management and Marketing and plans to continue her education. She is very proud to be the first member of her family to graduate from college.