Community Colleges of Spokane runs deep in Caleb Olson’s family. His parents, Ryo and Dawn (Telecky) Olson, met at Spokane Community College (SCC) in 1987 when Dawn was a paralegal student and Ryo was studying biomedical equipment technology. When it came time to pursue his own higher education, Caleb followed in their lead and chose to attend SFCC. “I wasn’t ready to jump into the four-year experience,” explains Caleb. “I thought there would be more time to find myself at a community college.”
Caleb’s grandfather, Bruce Telecky, is also an alum, graduating from Spokane Technical and Vocational School in 1963, right before it officially became SCC. His family’s experiences at the community colleges might have influenced him: “I like the personal attention you get at a community college, and you can find out what you excel at,” says Ryo. “Even after I finished school, I had a lot of personal attention from my instructors. I really enjoyed that.” He met his first boss, a fellow alumni of the biomedical equipment technology program, when he came to SCC to recruit. Ryo spent 25 years in the field.
Caleb discovered his passion rather quickly at SFCC. He took his first accounting class and was hooked. He’s maintained a 4.0 grade point average and received a scholarship for accounting students from the Foundation. He knew most accounting firms don’t take first-year students as interns, but that didn’t stop him from contacting every firm in Spokane last summer. He will finish up his internship at a local firm in April. His dream is to work for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms as an auditor. But first, he has to continue his education and plans to transfer to Gonzaga University or University of Washington when he graduates in June.