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LCOOCC - Human Interest

Shanna_Burns.jpgShanna, Bursar and Bookstore Manager
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

Shanna came to LCOOCC as a student in fall of 2005. She is an adult learner who had never attended college until arriving in Wisconsin. Majoring in web page development, Shanna graduated with high honors, in spring of 2007. As a student, she served as an intern for various departments and it was no surprise that after graduation, she was immediately hired to work at the college.

Seeing other members of the college community take advantage of the opportunity that Woksape Oyate presented, Shanna enrolled at Capella University with the intent of obtaining her bachelor’s degree online while working full-time at the college.

When the college created the position of bursar, Shanna applied, and using the knowledge she gained while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business management, was selected. The use of intellectual capital was never more apparent as Shanna took the role of Bursar and molded it to become an efficient part of the way students do business with the college.

In December of 2010, Shanna was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Capella University. The biggest disappointment for her was that she missed graduating summa cum laude by .05 GPA.

Shanna did not intend to go forward with her education past her bachelor’s degree. However, in her last quarter at Capella, she took a course in human resource management and was intrigued by opportunities in the field. In April of 2011, Shanna applied for and was accepted into the master’s program in human resource management there.

In six short years, Shanna went from never having attended college in her life to being enrolled in a master’s program with a bachelor’s degree in her pocket. More importantly, she has used the knowledge that she has gained to become an important part of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and a role model for students and staff alike.