Bronco Spotlight: Evan Pauken

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Master of Arts, educational leadership: higher education and student affairs, 2015

Current Job Title:

College and Career Action Network Coordinator

Current Employer:

Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA)

Describe your current job:

I coordinate a Local College Action Network which services all K-12 public and private schools in Kalamazoo County. The network implements initiatives that aim to increase college readiness and enrollment for all students in Kalamazoo County and close the disparity gap between low income and non low income students.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part is the one on one interaction with students. The most challenging part is developing both impactful and sustainable strategies to meet our goals.

What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?

My capstone helped me become more savvy in data processing and analysis.  My 300 hour practicum was an experience that led me to search for a job related to financial aid.

What advice do you have for others pursuing a career similar to yours?

Data is crucial in the work that I do. Being comfortable with analysis and evaluation as well as data collection is a necessity when determining the overall impact of a program. Try to seek experiences where this will be part of your day to day work.

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