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Tabitha-Anne Bloodsaw 

Her Leadership and Love Support
PCCC Student Success

 
Invited to be the Student Spotlight speaker at the NJCCC meeting in March 2019, Tabitha spoke about her experience serving on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Student Trustee Advisory Committee and attending the ACCT National Legislative Summit last February. Tabitha (left) talks with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ) at the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. last February Tabitha Bloodsaw (’17) and PCCC President Dr. Steven Rose at a March 2019 meeting of the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges where Tabitha was a “Student Spotlight” speaker.
 

 
Posted April 29, 2019 

 

Tabitha-Anne Bloodsaw (’17) graduated from PCCC with high honors, an associate’s degree in English, numerous awards, and a debt of gratitude to the College. “I cannot put a value on the education I received at PCCC,” she says.

Now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies at William Paterson University, Tabitha has continued to support PCCC through several alumni leadership positions. “I really love PCCC, and I want to continue helping and supporting its students,” she explained.

“Tabitha’s enthusiasm for service is contagious,” said Dr. Steven Rose, president of PCCC. “She inspires all around her to commit and contribute."

After her graduation, Tabitha was selected as Alumni Representative to the PCCC Board of Trustees. “I was inspired by the students I met at PCCC, and I wanted to be the peer they could trust to voice their concerns and ideas to the college administration,” said Tabitha.

Humbled by the responsibility she held and nervous at first, Tabitha convinced herself that if she kept her focus on serving PCCC students, she could not go wrong. “I did research, spoke to current students about issues they were facing, and advocated on their behalf,” she said, adding, “I was honored to have been chosen for this role.”

Shortly after her one-year term as Board alumni representative concluded, Tabitha was appointed to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Student Trustee Advisory Committee, representing PCCC and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC).

A highlight of her ACCT service was to attend, last February, in Washington, D.C., the ACCT National Legislative Summit (NLS) the nation’s most significant community college advocacy event.
Tabitha described the Summit as “an eye-opener for me, because I had the opportunity to see up close the work of community college trustees.” She was especially impressed to see community college leaders advocate on behalf of their students “not only to get more funding, but also to increase the number of students who can receive it.”  (Read an interview with Tabitha about her experience at ACCT)

At the ACCT Congress in New York last September, the PCCC 2017-2018 Board of Trustees won the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Board of Trustees Award for the entire Northeast Region. PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges. “That was the year I served as alumni representative to the Board, so I had the honor of presenting the award to Dr. Rose at the luncheon,” said Tabitha.

At the event, Tabitha had the opportunity to take the microphone and share the story of her positive experience at community college. As a result, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, CEO of PTK, waived the registration fee for Tabitha to attend Catalyst, an annual PTK event that was held earlier this month in Orlando, Florida.

“I was overjoyed,” said Tabitha. “Catalyst is the Grammys, Academy Awards, and Met Gala combined for Phi Theta Kappa members, and it is a huge honor and privilege to attend.”

At Catalyst, Tabitha presented an educational forum about conflict resolution, brainstormed with other Kappans, and had the opportunity to meet students, alumni, and advisors from around the world. “My experience at Catalyst was amazing,” she said. “I will forever cherish this experience am so grateful to Dr. Tincher-Ladner and her staff for inviting me.”  

Inducted into PTK while she was a PCCC student, Tabitha served as membership coordinator for PTK’s Middle States Regional Alumni Association (MSRAA) Executive Board from March 2018 until March 2019, working with alumni and graduates within the Region.  Last month, she was elected to the Board a second time, now serving as member-at-large.

“When I first came to PCCC, I had low expectations,” said Tabitha, who credits her aunt, Dr. Dawn Norman, a PCCC administrator, for encouraging her to enroll. “I thought only university drop-outs and low-achieving students went to community college, but I was so wrong.”

Tabitha found the PCCC professors to be excellent and genuinely concerned about their students. “They challenged me to do my best every day.” She also commended her advisors “who pushed me not only to excel in the classroom, but also to be a student leader.”

During her student years at PCCC, Tabitha was elected vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA). In addition, she served on the Judicial Affairs Committee, as chairperson of the Student Activities Committee, and as a committee chairperson for the PTK College Project

In 2017, Tabitha received Student Government Association Executive Board Member of the Year Award, the Graduate Leadership Award, and the Phi Theta Kappa Fellowship Award, all a testament to her executive and leadership abilities.

“I would not be the person I am today if I had not gotten involved in campus activities at PCCC,” says Tabitha. “My SGA and PTK advisors were great role models for me, and they taught me what it takes to serve my peers.”

In fact, last March, Tabitha was invited to be a “Student Spotlight” speaker at a meeting of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) where she spoke about her PCCC experience before the college presidents and trustees in attendance.

With service to others foremost in her plans, Tabitha hopes “to either go to law school or get my master’s degree, so I can teach at a community college. I would like to teach English courses, especially courses centered on African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean literature.”

Considering her strong work ethic and accomplishments, Tabitha may ultimately pursue both careers and continue to demonstrate what can result when a college education starts at PCCC.

 
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Written by Linda Telesco
Photos courtesy of Tabitha Bloodsaw