August 05, 2014 : New Student Coordinating Council Member Familiar with Lancaster Campus
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Boni Probasco is enjoying her second go-round as a student at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington and is bringing her knowledge and expertise to the campus’s coordinating council. The 29-year old is one of two student members on the board and will attend her first meeting in her new role this October.
“I think as a non-traditional student, I can bring that perspective to the council,” said Probasco. “ But, I am also part of a program that has a lot of traditional age students in it. So I can be the eyes and ears of that program and hopefully the campus as a whole by being able to present the student perspective.”
The general and essential function of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center Coordinating Council is to ensure, for the University and the regional community that they serve, that there exist opportunities for sharing of information and exchange of viewpoints and ideas between members of the community and the appropriate University officials.
Probasco is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. What makes her perspective a unique one to bring to the coordinating council is that she already has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counselor Education.
“I worked for about five years after I graduated from Ohio University in Athens,” said Probasco. “Many of the jobs I had were grant funded, which meant my future was not definite. I really enjoyed being in the classroom when I did school counseling and I wanted to make myself more marketable as a school counselor. So, I decided to get my Early Childhood Education degree. I am kind of working my way backwards.”
Probasco took classes at Ohio University Lancaster when she was a student at Lancaster High School as part of the Post Secondary Enrollment Options program. The purpose of the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program is to provide high school juniors and seniors who are intellectually and socially capable of doing college work with an additional education option. It is a selective program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses for both high school and college credit.
“Post Secondary helped me acclimate myself to a campus and save money at the same time,” said Probasco. “I learned how to push myself at the college level.”
After high school, Probasco took classes at OUL during her first year of college. She then transferred to the Athens Campus to complete her degrees.
While in school this time around, Probasco is working at the Child Advocacy Center in Fairfield County. When she graduates, Probasco hopes to get a job as a school counselor but realizes those jobs are few and far between. She also thinks she would enjoy being in the classroom as a first grade teacher. Her tentative graduation date is December 2015.