Going back to college proves successful

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 04:53 PM.

I explained to the receptionist the reason for my visit. She checked her computer and told me to have a seat in the waiting room and somebody would call me.

I found a seat among those already waiting and resigned myself that I had now entered bureaucratic purgatory so hoped to doze and daydream my way through the wait until the angels sang it was my turn.

Hallelujah, in just a few minutes they called me back! A very nice lady ushered me into her office. She was totally competent and instantly helpful.

I showed her the letter from the college and our original submission and explained the problem. She knew exactly what I was talking about and made copies of relevant exhibits.

With that, my client’s problem was taken care of and I was left feeling ashamed for the cynicism I’d initially harbored on this visit. I was clearly guilty of “bureaucratic profiling,” although I don’t think I invented it.

Truth be told, community colleges give the most bang for the educational dollar, nowadays often the “only” bang. Plumbers, electrical workers, air-conditioning technicians, laboratory workers, dental assistants and nurses all have a ready market demand.

I’ve seen hundreds of clients spend tons of money sending kids to expensive schools. Often when I inquire about Junior’s major they’ll often say he’s still “looking” for something he likes.

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