Shannon Houghton

Shannon Houghton is on the fast track to success thanks to her hard work in high school. When she graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse in 2014 Houghton had earned 36 college credits through a combination of AP and OCC’s College Credit Now program. With one year of college work already complete Shannon chose to start at OCC. “It’s been a good experience here. I like my classes and my teachers.”

Houghton earned a 3.8 grade point average in the fall 2014 semester. She was named to the President’s List and was invited to join honor societies Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Pi. One year after graduating from CNS, Houghton will earn a degree from OCC in Humanities with an Honors Minor.

Houghton plans to transfer to SUNY Binghamton and pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her goal is to earn a master’s and become a psychologist. “OCC was the perfect step for me between high school and a four-year college.”

Shannon LoBello

RESIZE Shannon LoBello for Succeeding @OCC 008Shannon LoBello is an adult learner who is constantly on the go. In between raising her 12-year-old daughter and working as a Medical Practice Manager in North Syracuse, she’s also majoring in Human Services and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling at OCC. “As an adult learner and someone who works in a professional setting, I focus more and know what my responsibilities are. I want to prove it to myself I can do this. I’ve learned to make it all work between my job, my school work and raising my daughter.”

LoBello started taking classes at OCC in the spring 2012 semester. Two years later her hard work earned her induction into the College’s student honor society Phi Theta Kappa. “I owe much of my success here to Professor Kristen Brumfield (English/Reading/Communication). She has guided and shaped me as an adult student by taking the time to work with me and give me advice. As adult learners we can be set in our ways and sometimes it is hard for us to change or learn the proper way of writing.”

Her career goal is to own a counseling practice for mental health and addiction therapy. Her work will cover many aspects of care including mental health counseling, marriage family therapy, addiction medicine and social work. “We need people to advocate for this population. There aren’t enough treatment centers in the area for them. I want to change the face of how people view those with addictions. They’re not less than anyone else. They have a disease. I want to help people and give them a place to go. I also want to do pro bono work and give people the means to get treatment who can’t afford it.”