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Olinda Guerrero

Olinda Guerrero
Destination: Math Teacher
Path: Associate of Arts Teaching Program

Olinda Guerrero loves children and math, so it seemed like a no brainer that she would want to become a teacher.  But, when faced with the financial demands and time constraints of the typical teaching degree, Olinda almost decided to give up on teaching entirely.  “It was so expensive and, because I was juggling a job along with my education, it was difficult to find time to commute to a university,” says Olinda.  That was until Olinda discovered HCC’s Associate of Arts in Teaching program, which prepares students to transfer to a four year institution to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certification.  In Olinda’s case, after graduating from HCC in 2006, she was able to transfer to Towson University’s Elementary Education program.  But, instead of having to wrangle with the ever increasing beltway commute, Olinda was able to take Towson courses at HCC’s Laurel College Center.  “I highly recommend the program,” says Olinda.  “The transition was seamless.  I was told exactly what courses to take to receive my degree from Towson.”  And, like any good math teacher, Olinda makes sure to focus on the numbers.   “Best of all, I’ve saved lots of money.”