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Tanika Steele ’03

Tanika Steele '03

Tanika Steele ’03
Program Director
Long Island Head Start

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
The best thing about attending Empire, was that it allowed me to be a mother and work full time. Without attending Empire I would have not been able to obtain my degree. Empire realized that life can be complicated and crazy but getting an education didn’t have to be.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
They guided me, and showed me where my strengths and weaknesses were. They showed me that I could take my passion and turn it into a real career.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
I am a published author of two books! A children book as well as a novel, and I have recently opened my own business training early childhood staff, parents and children on the importance of literacy and it place in the home, school and higher education. Also being featured in O Magazine for the work I have done in my community. Empire has only brought me to bigger and better things!

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Don’t stop here! Continue! Use the knowledge that you are obtaining to make a difference in your community. Every community needs hard working educated individuals to help lead the masses to positive change.