On July 10, hundreds of graduates from across the world will convene in Albany, New York for Excelsior College’s 2015 Commencement, to be held at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany, New York. “Commencement Stories” explores the stories of a few of this year’s notable graduates.
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Albany Medical Center is the Capital Region’s second largest hospital system and an educational partner with Excelsior College, which allows their employees to pursue degrees at reduced rates. Lisa Frankoski of Delmar, New York, works as an education specialist for The Center for Learning and Development at Albany Medical Center and praises her employer for its “Pro-Excelsior” relationship with the college.
The Rensselaer, New York native was first introduced to Excelsior by a co-worker while working in Baltimore, Maryland. Shortly after, she moved back to Albany in 1999, started a family and ten years later, decided to pursue a Master of Science in nursing degree, specializing in Nursing Education. Prior to her enrollment, she had some experience in education and thought a degree would be the best way to combine her passion for teaching with nursing. “I thought I would gain the best of both worlds. I always had it in the back of my head that I wanted to be a nursing instructor,” said Frankoski. “I had some great nursing instructors through my years and that’s why I thought it would be a great fit.”
After Frankoski completed her master’s degree in January 2015 with a 3.9 GPA, she was hired by Excelsior as an adjunct faculty member teaching online nursing courses a month later. Frankoski’s brother, James Frankoski, also works as an adjunct faculty member as a course developer for Criminal Justice programs. Both the brother and sister duo motivate each other to be more successful in their academic and professional careers as one advances to the next level.
Lisa and her daughter, Sophie, spend their free time volunteering for various programs with Albany Med.
“We do have that family competition,” says Frankoski. “If he goes for his doctorate, I’m going to have to go too.”
After commencement, Frankoski plans to utilize her degree by sharing her passion for nursing as an instructor. By joining the College’s faculty, she has already gotten a head start on this passionate pursuit.
“I’m ready to take on a full-time faculty position because my last few years of Excelsior were so phenomenal,” said Frankoski. “I would like to give back to the people that gave to me.”
Frankoski cherishes her experience with Excelsior as she notes it as a welcoming, supportive community. She accredits her academic success to the supportive staff at Albany Medical Center, students and faculty at Excelsior College, and her loved ones. She will be attending commencement with her parents, brother and boyfriend as her support system.