Amanda Cichocki grew up in Rossford, Ohio. When she was in high school, she decided to take post secondary enrollment option (PSEO) classes at Owens Community College.
As a junior, she started by taking just one class the first semester. She enrolled in a public speaking course.
"I was younger than the other students. I was a little nervous at first, but now I am confident speaking in front of groups of any size or age," said Cichocki.
Cichocki took a total of five courses while still in high school. After graduating from Rossford High School in 2004, she enrolled at Owens full time.
Since she took PSEO classes, Cichocki had more time to build her resumé. She interned at The Toledo Zoo in the Human Resources Department. She also coached volleyball and maintained an excellent GPA while at Owens.
Cichocki received the Alumni Legacy Endowed scholarship, a scholarship given to students who have a parent who has attended Owens and is a member of the Alumni Association. For Cichocki, attending Owens is nearly a family tradition. Her mother, father, stepmother, stepfather and sister all attended Owens.
After graduating with an Associate of Business Administration, Cichocki transferred to The University of Toledo.
"At Owens I was able to learn from working business professionals and save money. I have less than a third of the debt that many of my friends have in college loans and felt very prepared to continue my education,"
In 2008, Cichocki graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from The University of Toledo.
After graduation, she landed a part-time job with Internet Payment Exchange, Inc.. The company handles the internet payment processing of hospitals locally and nationally, including The Cleveland Clinic and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Cichocki now works full time at IPayX as the Marketing and Sales Support Assistant and is responsible for the electronic newsletter and assists with creation of marketing tools and strategies.