Getting involved in her community is what inspired Lauren Johnson to remain in the Chautauqua region.
A Jamestown High School graduate, Johnson earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from Jamestown Business College.
“I pursued a degree in business (at Jamestown Business College) because it was versatile, affordable and local,” Johnson said. “This opened many doors to me in the form of volunteer opportunities, internships and job offers.”
While attending school, Johnson interned with the Lucy Desi Museum and Jamestown Iron Men hockey team at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Not long after graduation, she accepted a position at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
“During my time with the chamber, I was exposed to so much our area has to offer that I never knew about,” Johnson said. “I met business owners and other prominent people in the area that helped me to see the treasures of my hometown and the surrounding areas.”
In 2014, Johnson returned to her alma mater, this time in an administrative position, and currently works in the marketing and communications department at Jamestown Business College. When she is not working, she still finds time to give back to her community, volunteering for Junior Achievement of Western New York.
“My continued volunteer efforts were a terrific networking tool,” she said. “I personally choose to put myself in new situations every day that put me outside of my comfort zone. I couldn’t recommend that enough.”
Johnson also recommends that students keep an open mind when it comes to college.
“Consider everything and remain open to new ideas and ways of thinking,” Johnson said. “A degree is the end result, but finding a degree program that is right for you in a setting that is conducive to your learning style is very important.”
This feature is part of a series focusing on residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and have moved back to or remained in, the area to live and work. If you, or someone you know, received a scholarship from the Community Foundation and would like to be featured, contact Sarah Shelters at 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-17 school year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities.