Michelle Word is a native of Illinois and has worked in higher education in Southern Nevada as an office manager, executive assistant & coordinator for the last 19 years. She received a BS in Post-Secondary Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a focus in Workforce Education and is currently the Executive Assistant to the College of Southern Nevada Vice President for Academic Affairs. Michelle developed a strong sense of devotion to higher education as a beneficiary of attending both a community college and a four year institution in Nevada. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how education seeks to improve the quality of life for our region, students, and families. She is currently pursuing a master degree in Public Administration to be completed spring 2017 to be a model for others to succeed.