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Charter College: We Work to Get You to Work

A good work ethic is often the differentiator between failure and success. You can have knowledge, training, and skills, but if you’re not willing to do the work, you’ll fall short—in your career, in your life. At Charter College, we believe hard work is its own reward, but we also know that it can lead to even more rewards. That’s why in 2017 we embraced the motto “we work to get you to work.” They are a few short words that embody the entire mission and vision of Charter College under my leadership.

Hard Work in Action

From athletes to entrepreneurs, the most successful men and women are usually those who throw themselves passionately into their work. Serena and Venus Williams rose at 6:00 am as children and hit the public tennis courts before heading to school. Apple CEO Tim Cook is a self-prescribed “workaholic” who rises before the sun every morning to begin answering the 700-800 emails he receives every day. And in the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos was putting in 12-hour days, often staying up until morning to get books shipped.

Driven, smart, successful.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."  Pele

But you don’t need to look to the mega wealthy and famous to find examples of hard work that pays off. Every time I step onto a Charter College campus, I see it firsthand. I meet students trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Single moms, young men overcoming past adversities, older students in the midst of a career switch. Joe Rea was a tow truck driver, but the hours, risk, and low pay were getting to him when he came to check out our HVAC/R program. He says he was never a good student, but he was a hard worker. He didn’t just excel in class; he finished the program and doubled his salary out in the workforce. Sherry Martz was in her 40s, coming off a rocky divorce when she enrolled in our Medical Assistant program to build a new career and a new life. But then she tragically lost her only daughter during her time at Charter College. Did she give up? No. She persevered. She got through to the other side and to a career she loves.

Our Staff Rocks

While our students are pretty phenomenal, the we work to get you to work motto is more about what our staff and faculty do to fulfill our vision. I often remind my team that when we work together, we can change lives every day. We first need to acknowledge that students come to us with unique strengths and challenges, but once we accept them into our community, their success is our responsibility. We need to look at them, not for who they are now, but for who they can become. And we do.

“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." – Colin Powell

When I first came on board as Charter College’s CEO, I knew we had a sturdy ship with a steady crew. I also knew that the measure of the journey would be its final destination, that we could never settle for mediocrity with cargo as precious as our students. So, we empower our students with the knowledge and skills they need to weather any storm. We try to serve as guide and beacon as they proudly make their own way to a new and better port. And from our Admissions and Financial Aid staff to classroom instructors, I see an able and passionate crew who understand that the hard work they do can help our students achieve their dreams of a better future. They can change the lives of our students through the work they perform each day. They can work to get them to work. It’s what we do, and it matters.

If you’d like to learn more about all that Charter College has to offer, please reach out to my staff at any one of our 14 campuses. Discover the endless possibilities of your own journey.

Joshua Swayne

CEO/Charter College

 

1 https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/magazine/venus-and-serena-against-the-world.html?pagewanted=all

2https://www.businessinsider.com/tim-cook-daily-routine-apple-ceo-2017-9

3 https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203914304576627102996831200