Instructional Specialist — Teaching
“After graduating from high school, I decided that I would like to open my own hair salon. When I came to register with Dallas College for the first time, the advisor asked me what my major was and I really wasn’t sure, but I said I wanted to have my own business. The advisor informed me that a degree in marketing would be excellent for me and would provide me with the essentials I needed to start a business.
“The learning experience was phenomenal. I gained knowledge and valuable experience I still use today. After graduating from Dallas College with an associate degree in sales, marketing and retail management, I had a new outlook on life and found a new interest in education. Now I have a career I love.
“One of the greatest things about my experience at Dallas College was the faculty. They were very hands-on and made sure that everyone in the class understood the topics discussed. The faculty was there every step of the way offering me support, encouragement and assistance when needed.
“Dallas College provided me with a foundation that has helped me in my educational and professional endeavors. I would encourage any student to make Dallas College their first choice when deciding to pursue a degree or certificate.
“My instructors in the program made the whole field of marketing seem so exciting with hands-on experience in visual merchandising. I became a student assistant in the Marketing program and got to tutor students — helping other students achieve their dreams and goals is what changed my own career direction.”
Timica L. Patterson is an instructional specialist II and adjunct faculty member for the Management, Marketing and Business Administration programs with Dallas College. She provides instructional support to traditional and distance education students who are pursuing degrees or certificates in one or more of the college’s degree programs.
She holds an associate degree in marketing from Dallas College, a bachelor’s degree in applied technology and performance improvement from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in training and performance improvement from Capella University, an online university based in Minnesota.