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Lisa Lloyd Riggs

Lisa Lloyd Riggs

Shasta Community College

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Lisa's work combines: Education, Technology, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Educational Counselor

Helping all students access academic, career and resorces for educational success.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Enterprise High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Organizational Communication, General

    California State University-Chico

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    University of La Verne

  • Associate's Degree

    Shasta College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

High School

Associate's Degree

Bachelor's Degree: Sports Communication

Graduate Degree: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    When I was in high school, I thought that maybe I wanted to be a teacher.

  • 2.

    I went to community college & took communication & public speaking classes. I loved it and was good at it.

  • 3.

    I went to California State University, Chico, majored in communication studies, and pursued multiple internships.

  • 4.

    I always loved going to the career center, and taking the career exploration and planning classes.

  • 5.

    After getting my bachelor's degree in communications, I wanted to be an inspirational speaker.

  • 6.

    Because of my internships, I found my way into an early college awareness job working with middle school students.

  • 7.

    I read "What Color is Your Parachute?" which suggested counseling as an area of interest.

  • 8.

    I now work as a counselor and teach one of the career planning classes I'd loved so much.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    There are 300 people applying for the job that you're applying for; what makes you think that YOU would get that job?

  • How I responded:

    I have been working since I was in the ninth grade because I always felt the need to support myself and be financially independent. So it was hard to hear that the people around me doubted my abilities, but my drive pushed me to believe that I could get the jobs I wanted to get. Later in life, I got a job that technically required a master's degree, despite only completing a bachelor's degree. That showed me that by working hard and applying myself, I could truly get any job I wanted.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My mother passed away when I was young, and with a single parent, it's hard to find the financial support system needed to go to college. I worked since I was in ninth grade because I wanted to be independent, and that drive benefited me long-term.

  • While I was in college, I lost my financial aid support. I didn't know how to navigate the system - which questions to ask, where to go on campus, etc. That struggle led to me being a counselor and helping students in the same situation.

  • My family didn't know how to encourage or advise me. I had to navigate the system alone. Not having a support system inspired me to become the person who could support students going through the same thing.