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Tammy Lollis

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Meet alumna Tammy Lollis. Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Support and Engagement. Office Systems Technology Degree, 2004. She is currently pursuing a Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence (PACE) through the American Society of Administrative Professionals.


Tammy Lollis says her layoff from Mayfair Mills in 2001 was the best worst thing that has ever happened to her.  "I had planned to retire from there. I was working first shift as a break weaver/training instructor. My husband worked as a supervisor on the same shift; the pay was good. Our daughter was working there, too. I was happy," said Tammy reflecting on her 28-year career at the textile plant.  So when it was announced in 2001 that the Pickens plant was closing the Lollis family was stunned and devastated both financially and emotionally. "We didn't see it coming. The entire family was out of a job. I thought what am I going to do?


She entered Tri-County and qualified for the College's Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, which serves dislocated workers, adults, and employers in the tri-county area. She worked in the admissions office at the College as a work-study, which paved the way for a full-time job as an administrative specialist after graduating in 2004 with an office systems technology degree (now administrative office technology).