Meet our April Sasquatch Celebrity, Jeffrey Waybright!
Jeffrey spent the early years of his career working as a CPA in both public and private accounting. He started his teaching career at Lower Columbia College in 1993 and in 1999 relocated back to Spokane and took a full-time position teaching accounting at SFCC. Three years later, he transferred to SCC and joined the Department of Business and Legal Studies teaching accounting and other business courses.
Learn more about Jeffrey — including his encouragement of students — below!
1. What CCS Foundation scholarship or program do you support and why?
I support the Impact Fund. I have had students in the past who have had financial emergencies and the Foundation came to the rescue and helped them out. I like supporting this fund so that more students in similar situations will continue to benefit.
2. Why do you choose to support the Foundation?
I chose to donate to the Foundation because I feel that the assistance it provides to students attending SCC and SFCC is critical to their success and, in addition to teaching, I want to contribute to student success.
3. What is one of your favorite hobbies?
Something most people do not know about me is that I am a college dropout. I first attended the University of Idaho on a full-ride academic scholarship with the intention of becoming an engineer. After my first semester, I realized I didn't care for engineering, so I changed my major. And then I changed it again, and again, and again. Finally, after a year and a half of trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I dropped out of college and gave up my scholarship. Fortunately, I had a family member convince me to go back to school and take some business classes because I had never taken any in high school or college. I went back to school at Eastern Washington University and enrolled in business classes, which included an accounting class. I loved accounting and completed my degree and then became a C.P.A. After working in the field of accounting for about seven years, I had an opportunity to teach a night class and the rest is history. I was able to get a full-time position and have been teaching for over 30 years at three different community colleges. I feel that my experience really helps me to relate to my students who are undecided about their future and to help give them encouragement.
Sasquatch Celebrity is a monthly feature that introduces CCS to the staff who support the CCS Foundation's students and programs.