Alumni: 81,000   Students: 17,500

Catherine Hecht ’11

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Catherine Hecht ’11
Owner/Director
Rhythm and Rhyme Child Care

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
“The flexibility of online studies, coupled with the State University system and economics of pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree. I was able to tailor my degree and studies, with assistance from my mentor, who was extremely knowledgeable.”

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
I needed to complete a Bachelor’s Degree to hold the position of Director in my Child Care. While it took a few years to finish, it was accomplished. I am now looking towards a Master’s degree, I see myself as a life long learner.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
Opening and sustaining a high quality child care, which is family owned and operated for over eight years.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Speak with your mentor, explore the options open to you. Certainly studying online has its challenges, but once you are in a routine, it becomes easier. The faculty and staff are so willing to work with you to attain your goals.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
I am currently exploring a Master’s Degree program, as I will be teaching ESL courses to teenagers in the Fall. I think that Empire will be able to assist me in tackling the next phase of my career.