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Maisie Richards ’11

Physical Science Technician, Denali National Park

Geology Major, Studio Art Minor
Completed climate change internship at Death Valley National Park.
Enjoyed rock climbing and Ultimate Frisbee while at CC.

Maisie Richards is a physical science technician at Denali National Park in Alaska. “The field experience I gained at CC is very attractive to employers in the geo-science field,” she says. “At CC this kind of hands-on work was not only built in, it was the focus of my studies.”

“The field experience I gained at CC is very attractive to employers in the geo-science field. My peers who graduated from other colleges had to pay for extra field courses to put on their resumes. At CC this kind of hands-on work was not only built in, it was the focus of my studies. My fieldwork at CC took me all over the Southwest and to the Bahamas to learn geology in a very real way.”

“As a park ranger, I still refer to my CC professors for advice. At Denali, my supervisor and I could not find a piece of technical information; I emailed a former professor and he got back to me to immediately to save the day. That is an advantage in the professional world that I could not imagine getting from any other college.”

You see a definite pattern in CC graduates — people who find ways to incorporate all of their diverse interests into what they do. I think it is something inherent in the Block Plan, which teaches you to switch effortlessly from one interest to another.

“I have been able to incorporate artwork in all of my parks service jobs. Last year, I created a fact sheet for kids visiting Denali National Park that included visual reconstructions of dinosaurs in the park. In Death Valley National Park, I worked in an incredible fossil site with footprints from large cats, mastodons, and camels. I made illustrations of what those animals are assumed to have looked like six million years ago. Now my work is available to interpretation rangers and park visitors.”