MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is saying goodbye to long-time employee Jan Algozine, who is retiring this month after 40 years of service.
Algozine has helped countless students land internships and find jobs through her position as director of career resources and experiential learning.
“I’m certain that you’ve impacted thousands of lives during your career and what a special gift you’ve given to so many! You’re an amazing woman,” said SLC alum Kathy Steiner of Yuba City, California, in an email to Algozine. Steiner graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in math. “I am forever thankful to have had you present in my life during my college years and beyond. You’ll always have a special place in my heart.”
Dr. Robert B. Callahan, president of the college, praised Algozine for helping students gain invaluable real-world work experience through internships, summer positions and part-time jobs as well as helping recent graduates and alumni find permanent positions.
"So many of our students benefited directly from Jan’s willingness and dedication to helping them launch successful careers. We thank Jan for all that she did in her many years of service to our students and our college, and we wish her all the best in her retirement," he said.
“I will miss working not only with the students, but the president, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the board of trustees,” Algozine said.
The one constant in her lengthy career has been change.
“I have seen changes in majors and delivery systems from traditional delivery programming to accelerated programming to distance learning to online delivery,” Algozine said.
“I have found it rewarding to work with generations of different students from Baby Boomers to Generation X to Millennials and Generation Z or Centennials. As I worked with students of all ages and diverse backgrounds, I continued to explore how the college could help prepare these individuals for an ever-changing world and job market,” she said. “I helped students realize that lifelong learning can be fun and exciting as long as they keep asking themselves what they have learned and how they can apply what they have learned. That is the adventure of education and learning.”
Algozine, of Two Rivers, is originally from Lafayette, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and a Master of Arts in social science-student development and counseling, from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.
After she and her family moved to the area, someone suggested she stop at Silver Lake College during her job search.
“One day I took my 2- and 7-year-old daughters to the college to pick up a job application. The next thing I knew, I was interviewing for a director of study skills position,” Algozine said.
She got the job in 1978 and, additionally, taught a class for students training to be special education teachers. Both of her daughters graduated from Silver Lake College and are special education teachers.
During her long career, Algozine also has served in many positions, including adjunct faculty member in career-directed and business programs, director of student services, athletics director, director of residence life, vice president of student life, and dean of students.
In her retirement, she looks forward to enjoying more time with her family, traveling and volunteering.