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Michelle Aldrich

Michelle Aldrich

State of Wyoming

Cheyenne, WY USA

"My philosophy is, 'Better late than never!'"

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Michelle's work combines: Education, Government, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

State CTE Director

I oversee Career and Technical Education in Wyoming.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Cheyenne East High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Secondary Education and Teaching

    University of Wyoming

  • Graduate Degree

    Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

    University of Wyoming

  • Doctorate

    Adult Learning & Technology

    University of Wyoming

  • Certification

    Educational Leadership and Administration, General

    University of Wyoming

  • Vocational

    Real Estate

    Jones Real Estate School

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a State CTE Director:

Bachelor's Degree: Secondary Education and Teaching

Graduate Degree: Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Doctorate: Adult Learning & Technology

Certification: Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Vocational: Real Estate

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Dropped out of college after 1 year to work at Mountain Bell which later became AT&T

  • 2.

    Studied for my real estate license and multi-line insurance license to make a career change

  • 3.

    Followed my husband to a very small community with limited job opportunities. Worked as an emergency services dispatcher working nights

  • 4.

    Worked as a coordinator for a personal emergency response system at the local hospital and took a course in grant writing

  • 5.

    Hired as a county WIC Director/nutritionist while teaching as adjunct faculty for a community college and the University of Wyoming

  • 6.

    Worked as a Student Services Director at a community college outreach center doing all community ed, advising, and financial aid for community college students

  • 7.

    Taught FACS at a small rural school and then at an alternative school of choice

  • 8.

    Earned my Educational Leadership endorsement and completed my administrator internships

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You are too old to go back to school.

  • How I responded:

    My philosophy is better late than never! I knew I was starting later than most but that caused me to become very focused and goal oriented. I also took 18-23 credits each semester. My experience has been that sometimes non-traditional students recognize they are starting late and tend to get in and get out!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My parents were not in a financial situation that allowed them to assist me in any way financially. I applied for scholarships, financial aid, and even student loans. I also worked part time as an undergraduate and full time as a doctoral student.