Schabel to be Honored as ICC’s Distinguished Alum

Schabel to be Honored as ICC’s Distinguished Alum

Independence Community College is proud to recognize Paula Schabel as the 2022 Distinguished Alum. Schabel will be recognized during the 2022 Spring Graduation Ceremony on May 7 at Memorial Hall. The ceremony starts at 10:00 am, and admission is free.

Schabel graduated ICC in 1995 with an Associate Degree in General Studies, and then went on to attend Pittsburg State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Joining Textron Aviation in 1997, Paula began her career with the Cessna Employees Credit Union. She held many roles with increasing responsibility across the finance department, including Accountant, Financial Analyst, Finance Business Partner and Accounting Manager. Before moving into her current position as General Manager of the Textron Aviation Independence facility, Paula served as a Value Stream Manager where she oversaw the Cessna single-engine high-wing piston and Cessna Citation M2 production lines, ensuring the manufacturing process ran reliably and efficiently.

“Paula is an outstanding example, and we are proud to have her as our Distinguished Alum this year,” stated Taylor Crawshaw, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “She embodies the Independence Community College spirit, and as a successful ICC graduate, she continues to serve and give back to this community.”

Schabel continues to advocate for community colleges and the critical role they play in workforce development across the nation and rural communities.

“Community colleges provide students with career technical training, transferrable credits and the occupational skills necessary for career advancement,” explained Schabel. “I’m a proud graduate of Independence Community College and wholeheartedly stand behind the value the institution provides its student base.”

Advice from our Distinguished Alum:

“Collaboration is key to long-term success. Teamwork provides the opportunity for different perspectives, which often leads to more effective problem solving.”

Paula Schabel
Textron Aviation
Independence Community College Distinguished Alum 2022

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