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Making the Best of Plan B

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Kevin Mathweg

Former UCC student now spends his time making a difference in others’ lives.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – Kevin Mathweg knows all too well what it’s like when Plan B suddenly becomes Plan A. When he graduated from Roseburg High School, he was all set to attend a four-year school. As it turns out, the school where he had been accepted didn’t offer the career track he wanted. With a lot of help from former UCC automotive instructor Marv Wolf, a number of scholarships, and the ability to transfer some of his high school automotive credits, Kevin happily landed at UCC and he has never looked back.

Now an instructor at UCC, Kevin spends his time making a difference in others’ lives. He says he offers the same assistance and resources that so many people gave him while he was a student.

“UCC was, and still is, a great place to learn and grow,” he said. “All of the faculty are top notch yet down to earth. They have always been here to help in any way they could—even if it involved outside or off-campus resources.”

Kevin says the best advice he can offer to students is to learn people’s names.

“If you don’t know who they are and what they do, you will never know what resources and tools they may be able to provide,” he said. “(Taking the time to) learn someone’s name is also helpful in developing relationships with other students, faculty, and staff who can help you succeed.”

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Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.

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