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Are you looking to go back to the classroom as part of your New Year’s resolution? Patricia Scepansky CR ’94 is new here at the College, serving in the Community Education and Professional programs division, and is here to help. She’s a former student and met her husband, Tim Scepansky ’87, while taking classes here. Her new slogan is “Delaware County Community College serves its students for a lifetime.” Patricia and Tim have both had interesting careers and we wanted to share their story while you consider achieving your new goals.
What year did you graduate from Delaware County Community College and with what degree?
Patricia Scepansky: “I actually did not graduate but have more than 50 credits at the College. I attended for two years full time and then decided to work full time and continued my education part time at night.”
Tim Scepansky: “I graduated from the College in 1987 with an Associate Degree in Business Administration.”
Did you pursue further academic goals?
PS: “I did. I love education. I went on to study Elementary Education at Widener University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later my Master’s Degree in Educational Foundations.”
TS: “After graduation, I attended Villanova University, focusing on marketing and advertising. I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1989. After working in advertising and film production for several years, I earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Widener University in 1999. “
Where are you now?
PS: “I am certified in Elementary Education and Middle School Math. I was a classroom teacher for twelve years, which I LOVED! I taught middle school students, primarily math.
As much as I loved being a teacher, I did feel like I still was not where I needed to be with my career. I made a decision to take a leap of faith and move into more administrative roles in education. I left the classroom to accept a newly formed role at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School as Director of Communication and Special Projects. At Bonner & Prendie I really spread my wings and tackled all new projects. I developed partnerships with institutions of higher education to offer students the opportunities to take college courses on their high school campus. In this role, I also acted as the International Student Recruiter and had the privilege to travel to China for two weeks on this mission. What an amazing experience!
These events opened the door for yet another wonderful challenge to start something new. Cabrini University contacted me to see if I would be interested in developing partnerships with local high schools on their behalf. So, of course I was interested! At Cabrini I held the role of Director of Educational Partnerships. I was given such a gift, I was able help students realize that their dream of college was closer than they ever thought and that it was more affordable than they had expected. Additionally at Cabrini, I was an academic advisor, an intrusive advisor to scholarship recipients, and an adjunct instructor in both undergraduate and the graduate programs.
I had always wanted to get back to Delaware County Community College, and as luck would have it, opportunity knocked again! All of my previous experiences lead me back to where I started; this time not as a student, but as the new Director of Community Education & Professional Programs. I have finally landed at the destination I have been pursuing for years. It’s a real privilege to serve the community of Delaware County, where I have rested my hat my entire life. I am still learning every day, but that’s what keeps us young, right?”
TS: “Currently, I am a faculty member at Widener. My current title is senior lecturer and media production coordinator. I lead the broadcasting and film concentrations, and also, developed our sports broadcast production course which broadcasts live productions of our athletic games. I teach courses in television production, film directing, film and video editing, screenwriting, film/video production, and Adobe After Effects and Visual Effects in television and film. I am the faculty advisor to Widener WUTV student television production club. I have traveled to China for 26 days filming a short documentary on Widener’s student cultural exchange program. I’ve also traveled to Costa Rica several times filming on a organic coffee farm, filming nesting sea turtles in Ostional national wildlife refuge, and aerial filming at Vulcan Poas."
’What is next for you professionally?
PS: “I want to get the word out about the true gift that the community has here by way of the Community Education department! We have such a varied program guide, there really is something for everyone.
For instance, one of our longtime programs is Elder Week, having run for more than thirty years. This program gives anyone age 55+ an opportunity to be on the campus and take some great workshops for three days (this year on March 13-15) while students are on Spring Break. The program runs at a nominal fee and includes breakfast, lunch, three workshops daily, and entertainment! I can’t wait to be a part of this long standing tradition this year!
Developing new programs is essential to staying on the cutting edge of this industry. I am proud to say that we are doing just that. In the summer we will be offering a new program for kids, a Film and TV Camp and Construction Camps for Girls and Boys. Of course, we will still be offering five weeks of camps for students ages 6-13 throughout the summer.
Educationally for me, I am currently deciding on which doctoral program I would like to enroll in, which I hope to begin by fall. Wish me luck! ”
TS: “I am trying to complete my doctorate degree in higher education leadership. I am currently working on my dissertation. In addition, I run a media production company, Gravitas Media LLC, so I continue to produce films and commercial projects.”
What is your favorite memory of your time on campus, outside of the classroom?
PS: “Without a doubt my favorite memories of my time on campus, outside of the classroom were with my now husband, of 25 years, Tim Scepansky and my forever friend Noreen O’Sullivan Calhoun (both graduates, business and nursing, respectively). Carpooling together was a trip! My time on the volleyball team was awesome!”
TS: “Some of my fondest memories include car pooling to campus with my then girlfriend Tricia, now wife of twenty five years. I worked in the biology lab setting up the lab assignments. It was a fun job, because I like science. Other memories of playing hacky sack with fellow students and hanging in the TV studio/photolab.”
Did you have a favorite professor or class during your studies?
PS: “I had wonderful professors during my time at (the College). My favorite classes were Speech Communications and Finite Math. I can honestly say, both classes truly did prepare me for my future in ways that were not obvious at first, but became clear as the years went on.”
TS: “Surprisingly, I really enjoyed my economics classes, but my favorite class was an advertising class. One of the assignments was to produce a thirty second TV commercial for a local business. It was fun, hands on, and may have helped me find an interest which I have continued to pursue to this day.”
What advice would you give to current students and Alumni to capitalize on the education they received from the College?
PS: “My advice is never give up! I have made a career out of being a student. I have been told by people I was crazy for all of my varied interests. People thought I would never complete college. They were wrong. I have tried so many different paths over the past 30 years; your path may be different than that of your friends, however, take it anyway.
The College offered me opportunities to learn about myself and what I was capable of, that is invaluable. The door is always open here, if you have an issue, there is someone hear to listen and to help. I am proof of that statement. Lastly, never stop learning.”
TS: “Make the most of your time on campus and in the classroom because the time will pass very quickly. It is important to take a wide variety of courses in order to explore different academic disciplines. It is okay to not know exactly what you want to be and do. College is a time to explore in order to find exactly what you want to pursue, and the College is a great place to find your academic self.”
“Communication is ubiquitous. I would suggest contemplating the professional opportunities in the communications field. Being an effective communicator is important in every field, every business, and every area of society. ”
For a full list of classes available in our Community Education program, visit our website: www.dccc.edu/continuing-education or call 610-359-7355.
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