Sabrina Combs

Sabrina Combs

Recycling and Public Services Projects Administrator


City of Bothell

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to vocational school my senior year to gain marketable skills for employment during college.
Finished high school.
Went to community college while I worked in offices.
Got married and had a baby while I continued with college and finished my degree.
Worked my way up the ladder at Directv. Quit to change careers to work in the community.
Got new job at the City of Bothell where I develop programs for the community. I love it!
Received multiple awards for my work in the community.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Oak Grove High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Phoenix-Online Campus

Career

Recycling and Public Services Projects Administrator

I promote the city's sustainability programs and manage our solid waste contracts.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Government
Environment & Nature
Being Creative

Day to Day

They would see me working with the community, educating the public, teaching, promoting, navigating contracts and communicating with leaders and elected officials. I manage the City's solid waste contract, coordinate nearly $200,000 in grant funds, am the Employee Transportation Coordinator, coordinate monthly events and large events like Sustainamania (sustainamania.org), Earth Hour and Ecotober, as well as provide social media content to the public.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I learned that "no" is a concept and not a fact. You must think outside the box. Look for alternatives. Network and identify a team of people to work with. Find the value in those you work with; help them develop their talents. You have to be open to learn new things. I survived seven layoffs when I worked at Directv. The way I did it was by working my way up and having knowledge in multiple areas. I never objected to learning and always shared new information with others. Join the team.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be a part of the solution. Get involved. Bad grades in high school don't determine your destiny. I got out of high school but I didn't know my exact path. I just had a goal to work in an office building that I could see from the freeway and when I reached that goal I chose another and another. Even when I changed careers I had an idea but no idea of where I would end up. Don't let your story stop you. Your story may be the very thing that makes you successful one day.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You don't have the grades for college. You are too young to apply at UOP Online. You have too much on your plate to get your degree."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Young Mom and Married
Learning Issues