Bay West student Kayla Ling grew up in Texas and moved to the Iron Mountain area in 2007 with her mom to be closer to family. Kayla is majoring in Human Services with the goal of working with a victim advocacy program after graduation, “I’ve had experiences with the women and children at the Caring House which has really impacted my want to help others.”
Bay College was an obvious choice for Kayla because it was close to home and she wanted to return to school to start her degree. Walking into the West Campus, Kayla liked how open the atmosphere is and she was surprised how nice everyone is. Kayla mentioned how helpful and engaged the instructors are, especially Terri Doepker, “she’s probably my favorite instructor here. She’s always easy to talk to and is very helpful.” In her free time Kayla enjoys playing games, reading and listening to podcasts.
For her Introduction to Human Services course, there is a mandatory volunteer portion which is where Kayla started helping with the food pantry at the West Campus. After what started only a part of a course requirement eventually grew into something more. Kayla found herself wanting to put in more ideas and expand the program more, “It really is an important resource students can utilize and has already helped so many and their families.”
The food pantry at the West Campus is located in Room 241 and is open to all students with a photo ID. The winter semester hours are Monday 9:00-10:00am, Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm, Wednesday 10:00-12:00pm, and Thursday 2:00-4:00pm. If you need assistance outside of those hours, contact Sarah Davy at 906-302-3004 or stop by the Student Success Center.