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September 3, 2019

After 30 years in the financial industry, Johnson County Community College graduate Sandy Rieger returns to the College to help students fund their education.

Much like in the board game Life, you never know where real life is going to take you. Sandy Rieger laughs when she thinks about the twists and turns of her own journey.

"It’s very rewarding when you’re in the right place doing the right thing." – Sandy Rieger, JCCC graduate and Manager of Foundation Operations

In 1979, she graduated from JCCC and transferred to Emporia State University. Twist number one. Four decades of zigzags later, she is Manager of Operations for the JCCC Foundation.

“I loved the feel of community here when I was a student,” Rieger recalled. Today, she helps students access scholarships so they can pursue their own education and become part of the JCCC community.

Choose your path

After she earned her bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting – twist number two – Rieger spent 34 years in banking in the Kansas City area. “I’ve done about everything you can do in a bank,” Rieger acknowledged.

She followed up her financial experience with several years at Olathe Health Charitable Foundation. But when the opportunity came to work for her alma mater, she knew it was her dream job come true. “I thought ‘Wow! I can use both my banking and charitable experience to really help students!,’” she said.

Which is what she does every day. Twist number 1,642.

Live the life you want

"It’s obvious Sandy is very happy her career has brought her full circle, back to JCCC, to serve our students." – Rob Wyrick, JCCC Foundation Director

Rieger processes charitable gifts, manages invoices and helps students with JCCC’s scholarship application process. “It’s obvious Sandy is very happy her career has brought her full circle, back to JCCC, to serve our students,” said Rob Wyrick, JCCC Foundation Director.

Rieger’s long-term goal is to help the Foundation grow and provide even more scholarships. “It’s very rewarding when you’re in the right place doing the right thing,” she said.

Oftentimes, Life (and life) ends up right where it started.  

Winning rewards

Rieger’s favorite piece of advice is to apply for a scholarship even if you’re not sure you qualify. It’s a simple process with one application for all scholarships. 

If you have questions, feel free to visit the Foundation office in CC 207, email the foundation office or call 913-469-3835.