Major: Counselor Education
WCSU Degree: Master of Science in Counseling Education - Community
Internships: Women's Center of Greater Danbury as an Adult Advocate; later hired to provide domestic violence and sexual assault outreach services at WestConn as the Campus Advocate.
Activities: Employed fulltime by the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.
Honors and Awards: GPA of 4.0 in her degree area
Former financial services employee recruiter Jillian Lane can't give a single reason why she came to WestConn. That's because there are many: "Location, convenience of evening classes, but ultimately the counselor education program is excellent," she says. "The department consists of facutly members with diverse experiences and perspectives. My professors’ experiences all were so different, and their sharing of their experiences was invaluable. At WestConn, there is a real sense of professionalism in the way the professors prepare the students to go into the field.”
“I looked at other schools,” Lane says. “Location was a big part of it, but I had a very good feeling after meeting Assistant Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Michael Gilles. He truly cares about his students and the field of counseling. I was impressed by his sense of investment in the field and his interest in having his students go out into that field as the strongest professionals we could possibly be.”
Why study counseling? Lane says, "After several years of working in the corporate world, I decided to go back to school to recieve a master's in counseling so I could pursue a more personally fulfilling career."
Lane believes her fellow students enhanced her WestConn experience as well.
“Class size is a big part of the program,” she says. “You go through the process with the same cohort — and being with the same individuals adds to the quality of the program because you are sharing a common experience.”
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Lane says, “Being hired by the Women's Center of Greater Danbury to service the community I was a part of.”
After graduation, Lane plans to continue working as the Campus Advocate for the Women's Center of Greater Danbury at WestConn.”
Lane’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Reach out and utilize the endless resources that are at your disposal as a member of an excellent institution of higher learning.”