Shelly Alcorn, CAE

Shelly Alcorn, CAE
“Because of family circumstances, I was blocked from the traditional college path. I was working and going to school at night. It took me nine years to get my Associate's degree at 6 to 9 units a semester. I had a baby--life got in the way.”
—  Shelly Alcorn, CAE

Shelly Alcorn doesn’t have a BA. It took her nine years to get her associate’s degree while working and raising children, one class at a time. But as the graduate of a vocational high school program that prepared her to be a certified dental assistant, she started her working life at a higher hourly wage than anyone she had gone to school with. Today Shelly develops curricula herself for the world of nonprofit associations, whose professional license and certification programs offer an important alternative for those who may not fit the standard college mold. "I fell into this work, temping, and worked my way up. At one point I was a single mom, an executive director and sitting on a national board, and still fretting over not having my BA. Then one day I read How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education in Fast Company that started talking about DIY education, and realized for the first time in my life I didn’t have to be embarrassed for not having my BA. I’m still an educator, and like many of us working in associations I'm attempting to develop really innovative paths for people,” she says.

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