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Meet the MPS College & Career Centers Staff

College and Career Centers Coordinator

Ericca Pollack

High school: Joliet West High School
First job: Dressing room clerk at T.J. Maxx
College(s) attended: Illinois State University
Major(s): Speech communication, sociology, college student personnel administration
Degree(s): Bachelor of science, master of science in education
Why did you select this college? Fairly close to home, good value/affordable, diverse, strong reputation for communication programs, friends also went there
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college and did both degrees in five years.


Planning Assistants

Camille Pierce

James Madison Academic Campus, Milwaukee Marshall High School

High school: North Division High School
First job: Signature flight support, Midwest Express Airlines
College(s) attended: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Major(s): Aeronautics, aviation safety science
Degree(s): Bachelor of science and master of science
Why did you select this college? To become an aviation professional pilot
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? Went directly to college because I was awarded a full-ride scholarship from the Gates Millennium Scholars Program to any college institution of my choice


Lauren Thompson

Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, Milwaukee High School of the Arts

High school: Pius XI
First job: Pharmacy technician, CVS Pharmacy
College(s) attended: UW–Green Bay
Major(s): Human development
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts
Why did you select this college? The three T's: trees, toilets, and tunnels. UWGB is surrounded by trees, which was one of the first things I fell in love with. It is such a beautiful campus, and I loved the vibe of a smaller university. All of the dorm rooms at GB have their own bathroom and  shower, and the academic buildings are connected by tunnels, so on those days when it was minus ten degrees, I didn't have to worry about being cold walking to class. I wanted to get away from Milwaukee (and my parents) but be close enough where I could come home on the weekends if I wanted.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly from high school to college.


Carly Weckwerth

South Division High School, Pulaski High School

High school: Waukesha South High School
First job: Childcare teacher at Wisconsin Athletic Club
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Universidad de Sevilla (studied abroad for six months)
Major(s): Educational policy and community education; minor, ethnic studies/Spanish
Degree(s): Bachelor of science
Why did you select this college? It was far enough away from home that I felt independent and like I was creating my own life but close enough to still visit my family. Mostly I chose UWM because it felt like the right place for me — a diverse, large school setting — and it was the most affordable option for my family as well.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college. I started out undecided, but I knew that I wanted to go to a four-year college right after high school because I didn't want to risk not going if I did not go right away.


Sarah Beck

Milwaukee High School of the Arts, MacDowell Montessori School

High school: Desert Mountain High School
First job: Lifeguard at Scottsdale Plaza Resort
College(s) attended: University of Arizona, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Major(s): International political economy, international development
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts, master of arts
Why did you select this college? I chose U of A because I was awarded a full-ride scholarship; I chose SAIS because it is a top institution for international studies.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college, but I took a year off after my sophomore year to live, study, and work abroad.


Shariah Salahaladyn

Hamilton High School

High school: Harold S. Vincent High School
First job: Pick 'n Save
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, University of Pennsylvania
Major(s): Criminal justice, higher education
Degree(s): Bachelor of science, master of science
Why did you select this college? I initially chose UW–Oshkosh for a number of reasons: my uncle graduated from UWO, they have academic resources that assisted with my transition from high school to college, distance from home (Milwaukee), and the wonderful organizations that assist students in balancing college and academics. I attended Penn because I was attracted to the prestigious professors who were experts in the field of higher education.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I attended postsecondary education right away after high school.

Kim Easley

North Division High School, Vincent High School

High school: Juneau High School (MacDowell Montessori School)
First job: High school co-op at Northwestern Mutual
College(s) attended: Alverno College and Mount Mary University
Major(s): Sociology and school counseling
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts and master of science
Why did you select this college? After awarding me a $25,000 merit scholarship, and because it's local and offers the benefits of a private institution (small classroom sizes, unique learning curriculum), Alverno was an easy and appropriate choice! I chose to attend Mount Mary University for my master's because it is close to my home and offered a degree program of interest to me.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I attended college directly after high school. I went back to obtain my master's after several years in the corporate sector.


Zach Burger

Ronald Reagan Preparatory High School

High school: Brookfield Central High School
First job: Fruit of the Bloom Garden Center employee
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Major(s): Political science, pre-law emphasis
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts
Why did you select this college? I originally chose UW–La Crosse to get away from home but still stay in Wisconsin. I transferred because of the distance and my major choice.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went straight from high school to college.


A.J. MacDonald

Bay View High School

High school: Oak Creek High School
First job: Dining hall assistant at the Cornerstone Assisted Living Center
College(s) attended: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Major(s): Journalism
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts
Why did you select this college? I wanted to attend a school in a setting that was new to me and was far from home yet close enough to return for holidays or to visit for a long weekend. Also, three of my sisters had attended or were attending U of M, and I thought that amid the transition to almost total newness, having some familiar faces and family around would be very helpful. Another reason was that Wisconsin and Minnesota have a reciprocity agreement, which meant that even though I was not a resident of Minnesota, I could pay the in-state tuition rate instead of paying significantly more, like out-of-state students are usually charged.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I attended college directly after graduating from high school. I never considered another plan other than going straight to college after high school, but I do think more exploration of my career interests while in high school and my early years in college could have benefitted me.


Lloyd Wilson

Riverside University High School, MacDowell Montessori School

High school: Wauwatosa East High School
First job: Mail clerk
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–Parkside
Major(s): Communication
Degree(s): None
Why did you select this college? I had older siblings who attended UW–Parkside prior to my going, and UW–Parkside was close enough to home that I could visit my mom on weekends.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college in the fall of my graduating year from high school.


Malaika Osei

Audubon High School, Bradley Tech High School

High school: Rufus King High School, home of the Generals!
First job: Part time at Express-Excess Insurance
College(s) attended: Springfield College and Marquette University
Major(s): Human services focused on criminal justice and public service focused on criminal justice administration
Degree(s): Bachelor of science, master of arts
Why did you select this college? I selected Springfield because of the accelerated program and Marquette because the program they offered would allow me to work within the criminal justice system to help change policies.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I worked after high school and went to college as an adult. I probably would not do it the same way if I had it to do over.


Advisors

Tre'Quan Martin

South Division High School

High school: Washington High School
First job: Intern at Northwestern Mutual
College(s) attended: Morehouse College, UW–Milwaukee
Major(s): Sociology, criminal justice, and adult continuing and higher education
Degree(s): Bachelor's and master's (in progress)
Why did you select this college? Morehouse because it is an HBCU and offered me a $100,000 scholarship, UW–Milwaukee because it was convenient and cost-friendly
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I worked and went to college at the same time.


Grace Moone

Milwaukee School of Languages, Milwaukee Marshall High School

High school: Roundout Valley Central High School
First job: Busing tables at the Egg's Nest
College(s) attended: Rockford University, Marquette University
Major(s): History, minor in technical theater; higher education administration
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts, master of education
Why did you select this college? I chose Rockford because of the small size of the school, my family's legacy there, the feeling I got when I visited campus, and the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship they offered me.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly from high school to college.

Elizabeth Mueller

Golda Meir High School, Upper Campus

High school: Whitefish Bay High School
First job: Server at a local breakfast restaurant
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–Madison, Marquette University
Major(s): Communications and marketing, education
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts, master's in educational policy and leadership
Why did you select this college? Cost: in-state tuition for undergrad and an assistantship for grad school
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went straight from high school to college.


Support Staff

Widalys Rivera

Secretary (office at South Division)

High school: South Division High School
First job: United Community Center clerical aide
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I worked after high school and have been with MPS for 15 years.


Aliza Mendoza

Data Support Assistant (office at South Division)

High school: Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School
First job: Cutco sales representative
College(s) attended: Milwaukee Area Technical College, UW–Milwaukee
Major(s): Interior design, information technology management
Degree(s): None
Why did you select this college? I started at MATC because it was close to home and more affordable. I switched to UW–Milwaukee after a three-year break because I found out that there was a small job market for interior design and I had an equal passion for ITM.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college after graduating from high school.

Special Hours

We look forward to serving you in our new, school-based College and Career Centers. The CACCs will be open during the school day and at select locations after school; however, hours may be extended for special events taking place in the centers. Every other Friday, the CACCs will be closed briefly in the morning for staff to meet. The centers will reopen at noon on those select Fridays.

Week of December 4, 2017:
CACC Golda Meir: Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
CACC MSOL: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
CACC Obama: Monday, closed; Wednesday, closed
CACC Washington: Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, closed; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, closed; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

To see normal hours of operation for each center, please visit our Locations and Hours page.

Special Events

City Year is a national, non-profit who is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. During the week of December 11, 2017, City Year Milwaukee will be visiting our centers to educate students on the program and the employment, education and professional development opportunities they can receive through this program. If your student or you are interested in finding out more about City Year Milwaukee, please attend their visit to your high school, list below.

Monday, December 11

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: CACC MSOL
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: CACC Hamilton
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: CACC North Division

Tuesday, December 12

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: CACC Marshall
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: CACC Pulaski
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: CACC Washington

Wednesday, December 13

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: CACC Bradley Tech
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: CACC South Division
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: CACC Bay View
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: CACC MHSA

Thursday, December 14

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: CACC Reagan
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: CACC Vincent
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: CACC WCLL

Friday, December 15

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: CACC Audubon
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: CACC Riverside
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: CACC JMAC
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: CACC Obama

 

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