Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumna
Audrey Wright grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She attended Scott High School and graduated as a junior because she had taken classes in the summer. In 1976, she attended the University of Akron at the age of 17. It was the first time she had been away from home and she soon decided to return to Toledo and attend classes locally.
After two years of classes, she decided to pursue a full-time job as a bank teller. She worked at Sylvania Savings and got married. Then, she worked at People Savings until she had her son, Guy, in 1984.
Her plan was to return to work, but decided instead to stay home with him. When her son was three she returned to work part time at Toledo Trust. She never made much money as a bank teller, but loved her job.
When she and her husband divorced, five years later, she knew she would need to make more money to support her son. She began at the Private Industry Council as a summer payroll clerk and soon moved into a permanent position.
In 2000, the organization lost funding. She found herself at the age of 41 without a degree, unsure if her position would continue and looking for work.
"I kept hearing that my work experience was great, but that I needed a degree," said Wright.
In 2001, she decided to go back to college. She returned to the university where she had attended before. She found that they couldn't accept any of her credits because they were too old.
"I knew that Owens had a great reputation as being user friendly - especially for non- traditional students. I decided if I was going to start over that I should start fresh," said Wright.
She began taking classes full time while still working full time. She graduated in two years and began her bachelor's degree at Spring Arbor University.
"I had a wonderful experience at Owens. The faculty were so supportive and understanding, especially when my dad died," said Wright.
In 2002, she accepted a position with Judge James Ray as the Judicial Office Manager.
Her main responsibilities are to process judgments accurately and in a timely manner.
In 2005, she graduated with a bachelor's of management and organizational development.
Wright continues to work in this position today under Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon in the Juvenile Court. She enjoys her job and is proud of the work the court offers to the citizens in the community.
"I would recommend Owens to everyone," said Wright.
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