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Celebrating Wasilla

Published: October 15, 2018 | Updated: January 24, 2019

Angela English is thrilled that she has found a job that allows her to help people achieve their dreams, while also celebrating her native Wasilla.

As the Admissions Representative for the Charter College campus in Wasilla, English is responsible for interviewing potential students to ascertain their educational and career goals, and to see if Charter College is a good fit for them.  

“We talk about what they want to do and what they can expect to achieve,” she says.

English says that most of her students are already working in other industries, but they haven’t found a really fulfilling job yet, many times because they don’t have the education or the skills they need.

“Because our programs are short and sweet, they can get their education and then get into the workforce pretty quickly,” she says. “Then they’re off and running toward their dreams.”  

English, a third generation Wasillian, says she loves that her job also contributes back to the economy. “People want to stay and raise their kids here, but they need good jobs to do that,” she says. “I can show them that opportunity.”

Before joining Charter College, English stayed home with her two children for two and a half years, after experiencing a difficult second pregnancy. Before that, she worked in real estate management for seven years.

She was able to stay at home because her husband had a good job working for an oil drilling company. But when the industry tanked, and he was forced to take two pay cuts, he found himself looking for other options. He found his solution at Charter College, where he recently earned a certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R), a field he’s been working in since July.

English says once he gets settled in his career, it will be her turn and she plans to pursue a B.S. in Business Administration at Charter College - Anchorage.

English loves how community-oriented Wasilla is, and that part of her job is to represent Charter College in the community. You’ll often see her at parades, library events and food drives.

She’s looking forward to representing Charter College at the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District’s College and Career Fair, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 17 at the MTA Sports Center in Palmer. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more from 100+ training programs, employers and employment agencies. Parking is also free. For more information, visit www.matsuk12.us/page/38474.

When she’s not representing Charter College, English is spending time with her husband, daughter, age 8, and son, age 3. “We want to give our kids a better life than we had, so everything we do is for them,” she shares.

For more information on Charter College and the opportunities available in Wasilla, visit https://www.chartercollege.edu/locations/wasilla-ak.