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Alumni Spotlight

Recent Grad Felt Welcomed, Accepted By Beacon College Peers And Staff

Carolyn Shea has worked nearly 20 jobs — camp counselor, administrative assistant, salesclerk, delivery driver, golf shop attendant and even Easter bunny. The list goes on. But one of her most memorable jobs happens to be her first. And it’s because of Beacon College.

As a high school senior, Shea worked at a New Jersey library helping with research and shelving books. One day, her mom showed up unannounced with a big envelope addressed to Shea from Beacon.

“I opened it up, and the entire library heard me. I let out a huge scream and was jumping up and down in the children’s aisle,” she recalled. “The librarians and assistants saw that I had a congratulations letter and a welcome packet.”

Shea, 34, said it was the experiences and lessons learned at Beacon that led to her current job as an office assistant for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Since starting her new post in February, Shea, who was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has enjoyed getting to know her coworkers and feeling accepted.

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Alumni News

2006 Beacon Graduate Finds Helping Others Fits Him like a Glove

John Paul Grigsby

John Paul Grigsby transferred to Beacon College as a junior in search of a school better suited to teach a student with ADHD. Grigsby’s academic struggles continued, at least early on. Then a professor told the Class of 2006 graduate that the staff at the Lake County college for students with learning disabilities was not going to abandon him. No way, no how. “That turned a light on in my head that [had me thinking], ‘Well, shoot, if they’re not going to give up on me, I can’t give up on myself,’’’ he said.

90’s Beacon Alumna Making Mark Taking Care of Clients with TLC

Karee O'Neal

One year after Beacon College was founded in 1989, it held its first graduation ceremony. Nine students, including Karee O’Neal, accepted their degrees that day. They were pioneers in a sense, charting a course that others followed.

Partlow Captivates with Her Powerful Poetry at Local TEDx Event

Serena Partlow - TEDx

Serena Partlow at TEDx Serena Partlow took her poetry show on the road in January landing a plum spot in the TEDx Eustis 2020 event convened at the Bay Street Players Theater in downtown Eustis, Fla. Local, self-organized TEDx events bring together people to share a TED-like experience. TED — short for Technology, Entertainment and […]

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Alumni Updates

Jamar Butler

Jamar Butler, Beacon College Alumnus

I currently work as a Cyber Threat Analyst for the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) located in Tampa FL. I work with other Cyber Threat Analysts to interpret, analyze and execute Cyber Security policies, procedures and tactics. I am responsible for monitoring the Cyber Security Sensor Grid for Black Hat Hackers that attempt to gain unauthorized entry into our network. Also monitor CENTCOM sensor grid disruptions, outages and/or anomalies. In 2017 I acheieved my Masters in Information Technology. In 2018 I passed my computer certifications exams and received my Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) & Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certificates.

Alex Sweet Back at Beacon for Anthrozoology

It’s been a long journey but after being in Americorps NCCC FEMA corps years ago that helped me grow as a person even more so , I am happy to be back at Beacon College and finishing with my bachelors degree in Anthrozoology here at Beacon. I’m so happy to be finally finishing school with a degree relating to the field I have wanted to get into since I was little and that I believe will help me aim my dream careers of working with sea animals and ocean conservation.

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond-Class of 2009

A classic ad pitch assured consumers that “Diamonds are forever.” So sold was she on that pitch that Beacon alumna Talia Kohan (Class of ’09, Human Services) not only put one on her finger, but took the indestructible gem as her last name marrying last month fellow Beacon alum Scott Diamond (Class of ’11, Computer […]

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