LTC Grad Shelby Dersch Works with the Elderly
Lincoln Trail College graduate Shelby Dersch has dedicated her career to helping others.
As a social worker for the Homemaker Program at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in St. Louis, Dersch conducts clinical assessments in the homes of the elderly, helping them identify what their needs are and the best way to access resources to help them stay independent in their homes. Additionally, she administers mental health and memory assessments.
Dersch hopes to earn her clinical social work license by 2012. "I chose LTC for two main reasons. First, I simply was not ready for the four-year university setting,” she said. “I also wanted to save money. When I received an academic scholarship offer (from LTC), I knew LTC was where I wanted to build my college foundation.”
Dersch enjoyed the smaller class sizes where she could receive individualized assistance and attention. The variety of topics offered in her field of study – psychology – was also a draw. “(Instructor) Susan Polgar supported my interest in psychology and gave me the encouragement to go after what I was most passionate about,” Dersch said.
While a student at LTC, Dersch became involved in extracurricular activities. “Being a part of Student Senate as well as being a Peer Counselor gave me a voice and helped me realize I wanted to work with those who might not otherwise have a voice,” she said.
Today she’s doing just that. “For me, LTC was the smartest decision I made for my academic career. I still believe LTC was the best choice for me and I don't regret anything about it.”