Thanks to the support of her parents, Melody Williams could have attended college just about anywhere after she graduated high school. Since she was unsure of her future career path, she knew she wanted to stay close to home in Lakewood. “Pierce College was the obvious choice,” she said. “It was close, convenient and it was the right school for me.”
During her time at Pierce, she made it her mission to participate in campus life to the best of her ability. After enrolling in her first quarter at Pierce, she applied for a job in the bookstore where she worked throughout her time in college. “I remember arriving on campus at 7:30 a.m. to open the bookstore, and spending all day going to class and studying, and finally closing the store down at night,” she said. “I was very much immersed in the Pierce College environment, and I have so many wonderful memories of my time there.”
After graduating from Pierce College, Williams took a short break from school to focus on her job as a teller at a local bank. She ultimately enrolled at University of Washington Tacoma to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Williams witnessed firsthand the career opportunities afforded to her after earning her bachelor’s degree.
She reconnected with Pierce College during her time in the banking industry, and became involved as a Foundation Board Member for a total of six years. “It was so rewarding to work on the Foundation Board, because as a student, I never knew much about the financial side of the college,” she said.
After working for about 20 years in banking, Williams had an opportunity to take ownership of a local Allstate Insurance agency in 2010. “It has been a wonderful six years, and I just love what I do,” she said.
Williams and her husband also own a construction business, and remain active members of the community. As a child, she was involved in the international masonic organization called Job’s Daughters, and continues to volunteer there as a mentor. “I was raised by parents who made it clear to me that being involved in the community and volunteering is just what you do,” she said. “My mom taught me that if you’re doing something nice to get something in return, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. But it’s also very nice to have someone acknowledge that something you’re doing has value. I’m very honored to be called a Distinguished Alumni of Pierce College.”
Melody Williams is one of four esteemed alumni who will be honored during the 2016 Distinguished Alumni celebration on April 14 at 6 p.m. on the Fort Steilacoom campus.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.