Disability & Community Service Student Testimonials

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Matt McCarrier, B.S. in Disability & Community Services

After many years of debating what I exactly wanted to do with my life, I finally found what my “calling" was.  I knew I wanted to work with individuals with disabilities. This past December (2013) I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Disability and Community Services. I completed my internship, and once graduation came I was informed that there was a position opening up for a Program Specialist. In my position I assist with ISP’s, ISP meetings, conducting assessments, quarterly reviews, outcomes, and tours along with many other duties to me. The most rewarding aspect of my job is talking with my clients daily and just getting to know them for who they are.

The courses that I completed at LHU have helped me to reach my goal. They have all prepared me and guided me through my new position. I still look back at my textbooks and notes at times and compare what I am doing at my job and what we did in the classroom.

The DCS professors throughout my years at LHU were very helpful and caring. I had a great advisor that guided me on this path and helped me through all the trials and tribulations that I faced. The DCS program is truly a great program that LHU has to offer! 


 

lucasAmber Lucas, B.S. in Disability & Community Services

It was a very busy holiday this year with my new job and move back home. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful time during the holidays! I would be happy to help out the amazing program that set me on the path for the rest of my life. 

From the moment I walked on campus the first day of my freshman year, I knew Lock Haven was the right choice to further my education. I have made many life long friendships and established incredible connections with the majority of the faculty and staff at the university. The DCS program had literally changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to learn about the vast and growing field of special education and started me on my own career path with Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania. 

I began my internship with Easter Seals at the beginning of my senior year in the fall of 2012. After graduation, my supervisor offered me a full time position as a Personal Care Aide. 

I plan to continue my journey with Easter Seals for the next few years and during that time also attain my master's degree so that I i might become a speech therapist. The hard work and dedication that took place between the educators and myself during my time at Lock Haven has finally paid off and I can't wait to see was the future has in store.   


Rachel May, B.S. in Disability & Community Services

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Lock Haven University!... What a better school for a small town girl! Loved every minute of it, the good and the not so good. 

In the Disability and Community Services Program, I had found lasting friends, a great education, and one that has taught me that individuals with developmental disabilities have more love and heart for themselves, the world, and other people than I could ever imagine! The professors are wonderful, the classes are a lot of fun, and very hands on. That's what I loved, we were always completing volunteer and shadowing hours that put us right in the midst of learning. 

After graduation I had already been offered a full time position as a Team Supervisor with NHS Human Services who I had already worked part time for and had completed my internship with. I have a house with 4 individuals with developmental disabilities and 7 staff!! It truly was a blessing!! I am very thankful for where I have been and where I am going. 

I want to thank you for all you have done for me!! Even though I had changed my major in the middle of my junior year, you never had given up hope on me and had not once said that you weren't able to see me or not able to stop and talk when I saw you out and about unlike my last advisor. THANK YOU!!! 


FedorMeganMegan Fedor, B.S. in Disability & Community Services

During my time at LHU as a Disability and Community Service major, I learned a lot of useful information that has helped me so far in my career. 

The courses were fun and interesting and the faculty and staff were always available and willing to help me with whatever I needed. 

Field placement was my favorite part of the program. I learned so much about working individuals with disabilities from my time spent at my internship site. 

Currently, I am working as a residential program specialist at United Cerebral Palsy and I love my job. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for LHU. 


 Kelsey Zajac, B.S. in Disability & Community Services

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Since graduating in December I was almost immediately hired as a TASS for a private psychological company near my hometown. I am working one on one with 3 clients, at home and in school. 

My experience at LHU in the DCS major was wonderful. I learned many important things about disabilities in children as well as behaviors and intervention strategies that I use on a daily basis with my job. My internship semester my senior year was a real eye opener that I took many wonderful memories from. 

Because of my degree from LHU I was able to find a steady job and move forward with my career.  


HargerDonDon W. Harger, B.S. in Disability & Community Services

As a nontraditional undergraduate student at Lock Haven University I received an education that prepared me to enter my field with the confidence necessary to be successful.  

The level of support and  guidance I was provided by all of the staff; my professors, Registrar and Financial Aid Staff, Student Assistance Staff, etc., assured me that LHU was a perfect match for me.  Additionally, LHU defined itself to me as an educational institutional that I could believe in.  

In December 2012, I earned my undergraduate degree in Disability and Community Services.  I currently provide assistance to Clinton County’s Homeless population through case management focusing on self-sufficiency and empowerment.  

In January 2013, I will continue my journey with The Haven family as I begin working towards my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Therapy.  

In conclusion, I can say that I am a proud member of the LHU community. 

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