DCCCD Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree – Keri Lehmann

DCCCD Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree – Keri Lehmann


[BLANK_AUDIO] Keri Lehmann and I’m the founder and
CEO of Savvy Bohéme: Hand-Crafted Authentic Body Care.
So I own a skin care company. We manufacture. We formulate and then we
manufacture. And we retail and wholesale body care
products that are completely natural, and real, and raw, and
all that fun stuff. When I got out of high school I went
immediately to Dallas Baptist University. I was just going to school, it was the right thing to do. I actually knew I was a natural
student and always enjoyed school. I went to DBU for a year, and then took
time off — financial reasons. And then I worked and ended going and getting into the cosmetology field. And then I knew that I really wanted to
finish something. So, I went back to Cedar Valley College. I, I just took their, their core
courses and then met with a counselor and she suggested
that I get an associates there. So I did the program for the Associates
Art and Science. It, it seemed like a, a wise decision.
The campus was beautiful of course. And I’d met people already who had not
only gone there, but people who worked there as
well. And I just, it felt like it was, it was
high quality for less money. I was very excited to be there. The people that were there were, I wouldn’t say older but, more serious students. I think everybody was kind of footing the bill for themselves and had a little bit more focus. And so there wasn’t a lot of playing around you know, in regard to education. But I felt like the teachers were top-notch and the staff was great. And I got connected immediately with the
SPAR group. And so, you know, I think I started interning at the SPAR office and, you know, going, going on the the trips and, you know, student programs and that sort of thing. And I loved it. I felt like a cheerleader all the time, I
was telling everybody about it. One of the things that it, it was kind of
like a veil being removed from my eyes. I remember very specifically sitting in a
business management class. And I remember thinking everything’s
connected. I was taking a speech class. I was taking a business class.
I was taking a science class and a literature class. And there were individual aspects of every one of those courses that were tied
together. And I just remember going, it’s all
connected, you know? Every, everything is connected. And so after graduating I, I went
immediately to work at North Lake SPAR. And, you know, experienced the same thing
with the students that were there. And I just, I just feel like it, it,
it made everything very well rounded. Cedar Valley was a very small replica, I felt, of the whole community college
district. When I started working at North Lake, and
again, I mean, I went, graduated in, in, uh, Ju-,
well, in May. And then went, probably in June or July
and worked at North Lake. And the, the experience that I had
there was exactly like the experiences I was getting
at North Lake. And then also we were connecting with all
the other colleges. And it was the same across the board. What I, what I had witnessed, once I
started working for the district was that they had these teachers
that were, that were top-notch. I remember just thinking, this is not the
type of, of teacher you would expect, the type of caliber of
teacher at a community college. And I experienced that over and over
again. And, and even the students, I remember
hearing the students saying things like, oh you know, she came from such and
such Ivy League, you know, whatever. And, and we were all so grateful to have
that type of, you know, teacher there. And I, I think it felt that way just
across the board, you know, not just with the teachers but the staff, the faculty,
we had some, such good quality people. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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