Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
Major: Health Administration
WCSU Degree: Master of Health Administration
Activities: Work full time at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.
Linda Plecity graduated from St. Raphael’s School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn., in 1976. She worked for several years and then realized that in order to advance her career, she would need to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing. "I enrolled in the WCSU BSN program, which I finished in 1980," she says.
"After receiving my BSN, my life was busy raising my two children and working at Danbury Hospital in the Operating Room for 21 years," she says. "I went to work at Greenwich Hospital in 1999, and there I met the coordinator of WestConn's Master of Health Administration program, Dr. Neil Dworkin, at a career fair. He inspired me to return to school to obtain my master's degree."
Plecity enrolled in WestConn's MHA program and started classes in January 2004. "I remember sitting in the class the first night after not being in school for more than 24 years and thinking, 'What did I get myself into?' I called my family after the class ended and said that I would never make it — these people were all so smart. Well, 12 classes later and a 3.77 GPA, I am finally done!"
Plecity currently works as the educator for Surgical Services at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. "I am very lucky to work with a cohesive team of people who value everyone’s input," she says. "I use the skills I learned in the management classes taught by Dr. Gene Buccini and Dr. Fred Tesch on a daily basis. I take what I learned from Dr. Dworkin’s finance class to help us keep a balanced budget, especially in this economic climate."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Plecity says, "I loved Dr. Buccini's classes; there was always a surprise.”
After graduation, Plecity will continue with her career. "I have a great job and it's a great place to work," she says.
Plecity’s advice to students entering WCSU is: “It is never too late to start learning. It doesn’t matter what age you are, as I can attest. I have found I miss the challenges of the classroom and homework and am now looking to further my education. Find your passion and expand on it. Find a job that inspires you and that you love. ”