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OC views past and present

Sue McClain and Christin Hundley represent different generations and levels of success, but they each have one thing in common: attendance at Olympic College’s Bremerton campus.

McClain and Hundley shared their stories at the 11th annual Olympic College Community Luncheon on Monday.

Since her days at OC, McClain has moved on to become Puget Sound Energy’s senior vice president of operations, while Hundley is an aspiring entrepenuer who has overcome a mountain of obstacles to reach the precipice of success.

“My experience here at Olympic College was all about exploring, creating and understanding the opportunities,” McClain said.

That experience defined the focus for the rest of her career and now the time has come to give back, she said.

“I am thrilled to work for a company that wants to give back to the community and encourages its employees to do,” she said.

For her personally, giving back means returning something to her alma mater, which gave her so much as both a student and a person, McClain said.

For Hundley, OC has provided the chance for a fresh start after a childhood that was filled with unimaginable financial hardships.

“At age 9 I took a job under the table serving snow cones,” she said.

Throughout the remainder of her school days in Virginia, Hundley said she constantly worked multiple jobs to support her family as she, her sister and her mother struggled to make ends meet after her father disappeared.

“At 18 I said I’m going to do it by myself,” she said.

That meant leaving her home in Virginia and moving to Washington to be with her boyfriend, where she took a part-time job at OC, she said.

However, with a mountain of unauthorized debt put on her by her mother and student loans acquired in Virginia, returning to school wasn’t easy, she said.

“Scholarships have really helped me,” she said. “Scholarships help bridge the gap between student loans and tuition.”

Now as the mother of a young child, Hundley said she works at OC in the mornings and spends her afternoons taking care of her son and also taking distance learning courses as she prepares for the next step along her educational pathway.

“I am OC and we all are OC,” Hundley said.

Last year, 320 people attended the event and gave a total of $147,000 in donations, OC President David Mitchell said.

“I think people are starting to realize this is your college,” Mitchell said as he pointed to increased community support as the No. 1 accomplishment of OC in the past year.

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