Cathy Printon

Cathy Printon

School and Parent Partnership Coordinator


Winooski, VT USA

You've got to work at what you want. It's not going to fall in your lap so take the steps to make it happen and learn from what people have to offer you.


My road in life has taken me all over.
My degree was in teaching. I didn't get a teaching job right away so I started on another path. I was a teacher's aid my first year. I didn't make much money and lived at home. Didn't love it.
After that first year I used my training as a college DJ to get a job on the air which I did part-time while looking for a teaching job in Alaska. I was a switchboard operator and a DJ.
These early trials allowed me to gain confidence and try new things. I then got a call from my alma mater to work as an Admission Counselor! That meant coming home and more travel opportunities!
Working for the Admissions Department at NVU-Johnson was the best! I learned how to meet with families and students as they planned their education and advised them on the best college fit for them.
During the Admissions years I also began working as the alumni director for my college. I had learned great relationship building skills and was asked to build up that program.
Then it was time for graduate school. I learned through my other positions that I was really good at talking with people and helping them with their plans. I was very enthusiastic about college.
I worked in higher education for several years, Admissions, Alumni, Student Activities, Campus Life, Residence Life, and became Dean of Students. All of these experiences brought me more joy!
I was encouraged throughout college and my early career to speak up and share what I knew. That provided a platform for me to be innovative and creative with systems and productive programs.
Keep following my journey


School and Parent Partnership Coordinator

Design and facilitate programs that support career and college going students.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

On a daily basis I communicate a lot via email. I work with schools and state partners around Vermont to improve and provide information and resources for career and college options and preparation. There is process and document updating, meetings with other staff members who serve the same grant to communicate all of the facets of our work. There are days when I travel to a partner school or organization and participate in their planning process and consult with them on our grant.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The first thing would be to listen to yourself and others who positively influence you and your aspirations. You've got to work at what you want. It's not going to fall in your lap so take the steps to make it happen and learn what people have to offer you. Be a good employee - show up, be helpful, build relationships where people trust you. Don't exclude education - and that can come in many forms. Learn from experts, take some classes, get a certificate. Prepare yourself to be a good learner.

Recommended Education

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


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Are you sure you'll make enough money choosing education? Do you really think you're good at this?"

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student