Many potential graduates drop out, not because of a lack of ability or poor grades, but because they don’t know the rules-of-the-road, how to rectify problems, or who to turn to for answers. The new book I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide guides students from the moment they start thinking about college through every step of the process right on to graduation. It empowers students to take full advantage of all the resources available to them. I CAN Finish College was written by someone on the front lines of these struggles, former dean and senior administrator, and President of Cantarella Consulting, Marcia Cantarella.
Dr. Cantarella has been an Associate Dean at Hunter College, a Dean at Princeton University and part of the Dean’s staff at New York University’s College of Arts and Science. In these functions she has been responsible for academic advisement, career development, preparation for postgraduate fellowships, development of diversity programs, and strategies to generally enhance students’ academic experience and outcomes. She has drawn on 15 years of corporate experience gained as a Director in Public Affairs and then in Marketing at Avon Products to apply those skills and background to communications challenges, financial and strategic planning in a higher education environment. As Vice-President of Student Affairs at Metropolitan College of NY she was responsible for web development and rebranding of the College as well as admissions and student services,
Dr. Cantarella has over the years served on a great many not-for-profit boards, advisory boards and committees giving her a wide network of contacts across many sectors. She has spoken, written, consulted and done training on leadership, entrepreneurship, work and family issues and diversity issues.
Having a doctorate in American Studies with a focus on American business she has also taught courses relating to working and consuming in America at Princeton, Hunter College and NYU.
Dr. Cantarella graduated with Honors from Bryn Mawr College and has her Masters and Doctoral degrees from New York University in American Studies.