Business Education ’87
When Theresa West, a native of Southwest GA, graduated from Darton in 1987 she accomplished something no one else in her family had – she was the first of her six siblings and her family to graduate from college. Today she is a Business Administrative Technology Instructor and Internship Coordinator at Albany Technical College where she has been working since 1993. Theresa feels that her classes and experiences in the Student Government and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Darton prepared her to face future challenges.
“Even though attending Darton State College was intense, my professors informed me that if I can graduate from Darton that I could graduate from any college or university, and I still believe that philosophy today,” said Theresa.
After Darton, Theresa completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albany State University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education, Adult Education and Distance Learning from University of Phoenix. Over the years she has earned many awards, including national recognition for Phi Beta Lambda Outstanding Local Adviser Award 2009, Georgia PBL Dr. Hugh A. Lofton Adviser of the Year Award 2009, Who’s Who Among America's Teacher’s Certificate 2004-2006, and National Dean’s List Certificate 2003-2006. Previously, West served as a member of the Georgia Phi Beta Lambda State Executive Committee.
Theresa advises students who are searching for a career path to follow their passions. She says, “When you are passionate; you are able to tap into your expertise. Additionally, I advise students to visualize success in your career by keeping a learning attitude, setting goals, devising action plans, developing your potential, and continuously updating your technical skills.”
Theresa is working on her doctoral degree and chooses to support the Darton Alumni Association not only because it’s where she got her start, but also because she values it as a shared resource for students, alumni, and the community. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, social networking, yoga, dancing, and listening to jazz.