By Stephanie McMillen
Drawing inspiration from the students that she interacts with, Tanisha Carter, director of Bridges to Success, said she is driven to push harder toward her own goals.
“There are so many [students] who come to us with personal challenges that seem insurmountable, yet they push forward toward completion because they want a better life for themselves and their families.”
Bridges to Success is a program that assists diverse populations with the transition to and through the college, beginning from the time individuals apply for admission until graduation.
Tanisha grew up in Oakland, Florida, and started her Valencia career in 2008 as the coordinator of the College Reach Out Program (CROP). In 2010 she transitioned to her current position.
“I was attracted to Valencia because of the work that was being done to recruit and graduate at-risk students,” Tanisha said. “I also wanted the opportunity to connect with others who were vested in helping students reach their academic and career goals.”
The most enjoyable aspect of her job, Tanisha explained, is that she is able to serve as a mentor to many students who need direction and a listening ear.
“Tanisha is a committed professional with a true heart and passion for the Bridges to Success Program and the positive impact it has on the success of our students,” said Amy Kleeman, assistant vice president of college transitions and Tanisha’s supervisor.
The accomplishment that Tanisha is most proud of is assisting the college in recruiting over 400 new at-risk, minority students each summer.
“The recruitment of these students is a highly involved process that begins in January and does not end until August,” Tanisha shared. “I have been fortunate to build partnerships throughout the campus, which has allowed students and their parents to have a better chance at success.”
Tanisha has a bachelor’s degree in sports science from the University of West Florida, a master’s degree in counselor education from Florida A&M University, and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Barry University.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading, and baking.
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