Hope Tucker’s pursuit of a college degree started later in life than she would have liked. “My dad didn’t think girls needed to go to college so I went right to work.” In 1986 Tucker got a job at Fradon Lock on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse and never left.
In 2004 Tucker became part-owner of Fradon Lock. Shortly after that she began taking OCC classes online with the goal of earning a Business Technology degree. “I felt I needed to learn more about running a business. I got a lot of encouragement from my co-workers and my dad finally got on board!”
Tucker’s co-workers were a big part of her support group. One would tutor her regularly in math. Others were happy to help out if her son needed to be picked up from school.
Ten years later Tucker finally earned her degree. She took all of her classes online except two she took at OCC’s North Site in Liverpool. Tucker graduated in December 2014. “It was a relief. There were times when I never felt I was going to get there.”
In April 2015 at the College’s Student Honors Ceremony Tucker was presented the curriculum honor award in the Business Technology major. As an adult learner she said she appreciates the value of education and that “the degree I have is the degree I need to continue in the business world.” Tucker is also proud of what her degree says to other women just like her. “You have to stick with it. If you have a dream, you can do it. Girls can do it!”
WSYR TV, Newschannel9 profiled Tucker in a story it aired May 4. You can view the story here.