Learning about running a business successfully

Cheryl Maki

I started community college at Palomar Junior college in San Marcos, CA in 1966. Life certainly got in the way with my continuing education; marriage, babies, work and running a small business. I took classes at a couple of other community colleges along the way. It wasn't until I took some small business classes at Sierra in the late 80s that I felt comfortable with school again. The teachers, particularly Elaine Beinvenue, made learning so much more interesting.

Of course by this time I was able to apply what I was learning in my classes to my new business as well. After I received my certificate in Management at Sierra in 1990, I moved on and got my BS degree in Management from California Coast University in 1996. My husband Randy and I have been in the HVAC business for 31 years, and I credit my time at Sierra College with helping me learn about running a business successfully.