Kathleen E. High has been working with adults for over 15 years. She has held a variety of positions working for public and private universities as well as community colleges in California. Currently, she teaches various college-success classes at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California and has worked as a counselor at other colleges as well. She is also a private practice consultant working with individuals, mental-health counselors and institutions, and has volunteer experience supporting the unemployed through conducting workshops in a local workforce development career one-stop center and leading a support group for the unemployed in a faith-based community.
She attempted college at 18, but was not ready to give it what it takes. Therefore, like many young students, she repeatedly dropped classes, did not do homework, and just “floundered around” while attending the community college (mostly part-time). Consequently, she spent 18 years at the community college before gaining enough self-discipline, focus and understanding of priorities to be able to finish the classes she started.
In the meantime, she had been working full-time for almost 20 years in various clerical jobs in the corporate sector until she was laid off in 1997 from a nine-year position. She realized she should take the opportunity to go back to school full time to finish her bachelor's and master's degrees. She finished the last 120 units of her BS in two years and both degrees in four years total. In addition to achieving approximately 150 graduate units overall, this journey required her to hold about 15 jobs over those 15 years to make that transition possible. The challenge of making this mid-life career change despite lack of guidance and financial resources prompted her to want to assist other adults who also want to pursue their dreams.