MARIETTA, OH (March 22, 2018)–Before many of his peers finished their bachelor’s degrees, Zachary Eddy had already begun accelerating in his dream career as an attorney. And while preemptively catapulting his career wasn’t easy, he credits hard work, a steadfast vision, and Washington State Community College with providing him a solid launching pad.
At just 23 years old, Eddy has a Liberal Arts Transfer and General Science Transfer associate degrees from Washington State Community College (WSCC), a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Marietta College, and his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. He crowned those achievements by passing the Ohio bar examination and landing a job at one of Ohio’s most prestigious law firms, Bricker & Eckler Attorneys at Law in Columbus. He also recently took the West Virginia bar exam and is currently awaiting his results.
But to get to where he is today, Eddy established some pretty significant goals early in his academic career. In fact, he was a sophomore at Fort Frye High School when he first set his sights on early college. That’s when he attended a WSCC information session on Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO), now called College Credit Plus.
“I thoroughly researched my options at Washington State and I knew this was the path for me,” said Eddy.
As a high school junior and senior Eddy attended WSCC full time. “I knew there was a lot of education in the cards for me and participating in PSEO was the right path to get me into my legal career.”
He graduated from WSCC in 2012 magna cum laude. And with the credits he earned, he was able to shave 2 years off his academic timeline, enrolling at Marietta College as a second-semester junior. While earning his bachelor’s degree, he fortified his education by interning for the Marietta City Law Director’s Office and U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson’s Office.
Maintaining his momentum, Eddy completed his degree at Marietta with cum laude standing and went straight to law school where he again accelerated academically and ultimately graduated cum laude.
During law school, he earned real-life experience when he worked as a legal extern for the Honorable Phillip J. Green, US Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Michigan. He also completed an internship with “The Nature Conservancy,” an international organization focused on conservation and environmental issues, which fit with his energy/environmental interests.
“Everything has fallen into line pretty nicely for me,” Eddy acknowledged. “The planning, the execution and the hard work were key factors to my success.”
Following graduation from MSU, Eddy’s priority was to get back to his home state. “I jumped at the first opportunity to come back to Ohio,” he admitted.
It was the Columbus-based law offices of Bricker & Eckler who provided him with the chance to return to his native state. Today he serves as an attorney in the firm’s Energy, Environment & Utilities group. “Nearly all of my family continues to live in Washington or Monroe Counties, and I look forward to giving back to the area that has given so much to me,” declared Eddy.
And with all his success, Eddy still looks back to his first alma mater, WSCC, and credits it for equipping him with a solid fundamental start. “The guidance and support I received at Washington State served as a firm foundation upon which I am building my career,” he concluded.
For more than 45 years, Washington State Community College has provided residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley the opportunity to realize dreams, to enhance skills, and to broaden understanding. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to move your life in a new direction, Washington State has the classes to suit your needs. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.