Get To Know Misty Wagner: CIP Long Beach Assistant Program Director

In-Focus features a staff member each month as a way to learn more about our amazing staff. This month, we highlight Long Beach Assistant Program Director Misty Wagner. We asked Misty a few questions about her role, her CIP experience, and what she does when she’s not at the Center


What’s your most memorable CIP experience at CIP?

One of the most rewarding and memorable experiences I have had has been a conversation with a parent who called crying tears of joy. Over a break, their child went to a family gathering and exhibited maturity and was more social than the parent had ever witnessed. That moment was such a rewarding moment and it brought so much joy to be able to share with the team. 


What have you most learned in your time at CIP? 

As strange as this sounds, the most valuable lesson I have learned is that failure is sometimes when individuals learn the most. CIP does an excellent job of allowing students to have the autonomy to make decisions, and sometimes this means they don’t follow the plan they created. Helping a student to reflect and learn from their mistakes as well as support them through a challenge is an excellent way for the student to truly learn and grow. 


How has CIP helped you grow in your career? 

Working at CIP has allowed me to continue meaningful work in education outside of a traditional classroom. I have learned more about my strengths and areas I want to grow. CIP has helped me realize my true professional passion is assisting young adults with various abilities to lead meaningful and independent lives. 


What’s your favorite part about working at CIP? 

It is hard to narrow down my favorite part about working at CIP to one thing. I would definitely say the amazing people, staff, and students. Watching students reach their goals and celebrating their wins with the team energizes me and makes me excited to think about what the student will accomplish in the future. 


Tell us a fun fact about yourself. 

I have an 18-year-old dog named Tupac, so it is very fitting I moved to Southern California. 

About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.