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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

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? I 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
Bradley Technology and Trade School, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning

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

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, Golda Meir 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
Vincent High School, North Division 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.


Shaneila Agnew
Milwaukee Marshall High School

High school: Rufus King IB High School
First job: Research assistant
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin– Madison
Major(s): English
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts
Why did you select this college? I selected UW–Madison because it is one of the most prestigious, top-research universities in the country. Scholastic merit was also an important reason for my selection. I received a four-year tuition scholarship to attend UW. I have always been passionate about social and educational justice, so I looked forward to contributing to UW–Madison's diversity. Last, I had become very comfortable leaving Milwaukee. I spent every summer of my high school career on UW's campus as a pre-college program participant. That gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with the space, facilities, and resources even before graduating from high school. 
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went to college immediately following high school graduation.

 

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 Willson
Riverside University High 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
Washington 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.


Ronnicia Johnson-Walker
Rufus King International High School

High school: Divine Savior Holy Angel High School
First job: Ice cream vendor for the Greater Milwaukee Open (golf tournament)
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Major(s): African American studies (African and women's studies certificate), African American studies (focus on culture and art history)
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts, master of arts
Why did you select this college? I selected UW–Madison because it was still in state but it was far enough from Milwaukee to allow me to gain some independence as a young adult. However, it was close enough to drive home during breaks, holidays, or whenever I became homesick.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college and from there into my career.


Loretta Gross
Hamilton High School

High school: Washington Park High School
First job: Taco Bell
College(s) attended: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and University of Ghana (study abroad)
Major(s): Educational studies in youth leadership and a minor in Africology, administrative leadership in adult and continuing education
Degree(s): Bachelor and masters of science in education
Why did you select this college? Before attending UW–Milwaukee, I was unsure of what I wanted to study. My junior year in high school I went on a class tour of UW–Milwaukee and learned of the variety of majors offered. I learned of the different ways I could gain out-of-class experience and loved that it was located in a city with a lot to do.
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly to college after graduating from high school.


 


Advisors

Tre'Quan Martin
Obama School of Career and Technical Education

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, MacDowell Montessori 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.

 

Tasha McCoy
Audubon High School

High school: South Milwaukee (grades 9 to 11), Hamilton (grade 12)
First job: Walgreens cashier
College(s) attended: Carroll University and Alverno College
Major(s): Business management
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts
Why did you select this college? All-women population so I could focus, and close to home
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went straight to college and didn't do well at Carroll due to transportation issues and lack of funds. I went back in 2015 (five years after high school graduation) when I felt that I could be in more control of my success. #itsnevertoolate


Andre Robinson
Pulaski High School

High School: Hamilton High School
First Job: Office assistant for Rogers Street Boys & Girls Club
College(s) attended: North Carolina A&T, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Marquette University 
Major(s): Business management, Africology (focus on community development in an urban setting)
Did you go directly to college/work, or did you follow another route? I went directly from high school to college.


Support Staff

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

Please see below for special hours during the 2018-19 school year:

Week of October 15:

All CACCs with Friday hours will be closed on October 19 due to No Student Attendance.

CACC Bradley Tech: Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
CACC Marshall: Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
CACC Reagan: Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CACC WCLL: Tuesday, closed; Thursday, closed.

To see school-year hours of operation for each center and more, please visit our Locations and Hours page.

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