When Amy McGhee isn’t momming her three young boys, she’s mothering a small herd of goats. Amy has produced and sold goat soap and lotion under the “Mamma McGhee’s” name for years, but in 2013 she decided it was time for a change.
Amy decided to go back to school to learn more about business to help expand and grow “Mamma McGhee’s.” She enrolled at Missoula College to major in Business Management.
“There is an interest in the students at Missoula College,” she said of her professors. “They support and believe in us. That helped shape me and build confidence.”
Amy added that she got to know her professors and appreciated the one-on-one attention provided by the Business Department. Niki Robinson’s Marketing class was a favorite.
“The open feeling allowed us to grow as people and students. We hated to miss class!” Amy said.
Professors Cheryl Galipeau, Tim Olson, and Brian Larson also influenced her positive experience at Missoula College.
For Amy, moments when she felt supported by professors define her time here. Participating in the Business Fair, being personally asked by Professor Lisa Swallow to continue another semester to complete an Accounting degree and graduation are all highlights.
After graduating in 2014, Amy was hired in the Human Resources Department at Missoula County. From there, she got a position as a legal secretary for the county and after her first year was nominated outstanding employee of the year.
Amy is now a criminal paralegal for the Missoula County Attorney Office.
“It’s the coolest job I never thought I would want,” she said. “I love to go to work every day. It is fulfilling, exciting, busy and never the same.”
Amy uses skills she refined at Missoula College like critical thinking, organizing and problem solving alongside technical training in Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
She advises new students to “get to know your professors – it will pay off! The experience at Missoula College is so completely different. You’re not just a number. And you get a career out of it, not just a degree.”
“Professor Tim Olson had us write a ‘life plan’ and it really made me think what I want in life. I just came across it the other day, and I thought, gosh I am doing what I said!”
For more information about Missoula College’s Business Technology programs, visit http://mc.umt.edu/academics/businesstech/default.php