Affordable Tri-C education deals a winning hand for alumna animal advocate
Annoula Wylderich decided to attend Tri-C because it was conveniently close to home, but the education she earned has allowed her to expand her professional horizons far beyond Ohio. The Las Vegas, Nev., resident now pursues a career in real estate while managing a grassroots advocacy organization she has founded. Her Animal Protection Affiliates works with officials, legislators, educators and the media to raise awareness and advance animal protection.
Wylderich began working after earning associate degrees in marketing and office administration. “Tri-C was instrumental in preparing me for the real world by the friendships and life lessons taught beyond the classroom material,” she says. “The instructors were approachable, receptive and insightful. They not only taught us the subject matter but served as great role models. They often shared personal experiences that were invaluable and provided guidance that helped make the transition from an academic environment to life after graduation.”
Before heading west, Wylderich worked in neighborhood revitalization in Cleveland. Her animal-protection advocacy has been recognized with awards from the Humane Society of the United States, which she served as a volunteer senior district leader. She also received the Compassionate Advocate Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She writes frequently on the subject for several publications.
Tri-C’s low tuition was an asset to Wylderich as she started her working life. “I made the best use of the education I acquired,” she says. “I had no school debt and obtained a job right after graduation and kept going because I was self-motivated. I highly encourage students to begin their journey at Tri-C for its affordability and quality education.”