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Classified Employee Appreciation Week Profile: Cindy Hervey
Photos and Story by Abe Proctor
Cindy Hervey is what you might call a nerd with street cred. She’s old school.
The computer labs coordinator at Cascade Campus– got her start in computers way back in the 20th Century, during the 1980s. One could say, however, that she was initially resistant to the nascent digital revolution.
“I actually dropped out of school when I had to take a Lotus 1-2-3 class,” Hervey recalled, referring to the early entry into the spreadsheet software market. “I started working for a refrigeration company, and before long the boss said he wanted to computerize our office. I helped to set things up.”
And the rest, as they say, is history. She’s been a computer professional ever since, and joined up with PCC in the spring of 1996.
As a computer labs coordinator, Hervey helps support the several computer labs at Cascade. She helps with repair and maintenance in the labs; hires, trains, and manages a staff of student lab assistants; and works with instructors to ensure that students are provided with assistance appropriate to the work they’re doing. She also serves as a computing technology specialist, supporting faculty and staff workstations. But what she enjoys most is helping students, one-on-one, and giving them the tools they need to succeed.
“I love working with students, watching them grow and learn new things throughout their time at PCC,” Hervey said. “Several students who have worked as lab assistants have gone on to work in classified positions within the PCC community.
When she’s not at work, Hervey likes to play the keyboard and sing in her church choir – and her church benefits from her high-tech skills as well. She also runs a small computer consulting and repair business, and enjoys camping and riding all-terrain vehicles at the beach.
Hervey said it was an honor to be recognized by her peers for Classified Appreciation Week, but that her true reward comes on the job.
“I’m happy to be recognized,” she said, “but I love my job and love working with students, so I don’t look for recognition beyond helping our students achieve their goals. My recognition comes from the student who comes back a few years later and tells me how the teachers and staff were excellent, and that they wouldn’t have the life they have without PCC.”