Golden Named International College July Student of the Month

Fort Myers resident Patty Golden, 42, was named International College’s student of the month for July 2002.

Golden, a business management major, has been named to the dean’s list four times since enrolling in Summer 2001. She currently has a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“I’m very honored I was recognized, especially since I know of other students who I think deserve it more than I,” Golden admits.

Management Program Chair Nancey Wyant nominated Golden, who attends the Fort Myers Campus at 8695 College Parkway in the Renaissance Center.

“Patty Golden is another excellent example of a dedicated student. Her schoolwork has always been exceptional and thorough. She always goes the extra mile,” Wyant said. “Patty is one of those people who is determined to get ahead, and she realizes an education is key to making things happen.”

Golden admits that the search for a better, higher-paying job, motivated her to begin attending International College two years ago. Looking back, Golden, a single mother, can’t believe she juggled working 60 to 70 hours a week at her primary job as a physical education assistant, waitressing for an additional 20 hours a week, going to school full-time and overseeing her home and four children.

Then, in May 2001, Golden was laid off from her job after six years of service. Golden cleaned other people’s houses to make ends meet and support her family.

“I knew it was coming,” she said about the layoffs, adding that she never once contemplated dropping out of school in spite of the lack of income. “I knew I had to finish and get my degree.”

Aware of Golden’s situation, Wyant stepped in and helped Golden get a work-study position at International College to help with tuition costs.

“Dr. Wyant has been a great inspiration. There were times when I felt like quitting, but she gave me the motivation to hang in there,” Golden said. “She looks out for her students on a personal and educational level.”
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