Even after 10 years working for YSU’s Disability Services, Gina McGranahan still finds that every day is a new adventure. In her position as assistant director, she works directly with students, meeting with them to create success plans and administering academic tests for those who need them.
“I’ve learned a lot about a lot of subjects,” she related. “I do a lot of research.”
She first started working in the disability services office at Slippery Rock University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education.
“The payoff is when we see the graduation list. It’s so rewarding,” she said, explaining that the best part of her job is seeing students succeed.
There are more than 700 students registered with Disability Services at YSU, and about 400 of them use the facility’s services regularly.
“Our goal is to teach our students to advocate for themselves, and to teach and guide them how to do that once they leave the university setting,” McGranahan said. “Most are able to articulate what they need. They know that if they don’t, no one will.”
Her selfless attitude is visible even in her personal life. McGranahan spends her free time volunteering with a local food bank and enjoys playing bridge with a group of senior citizens.
Story by Rebecca Brown