50 Notable Alumni

Annette Huss

Office Support Associate, University of Illinois Staff-Human Resources

Associate in Applied Science

Office Professional


Annette Huss enrolled at Parkland at the age of 48 after her children were grown and out of the house and after a 30-year hiatus from academics. She wanted to complete the degree that she attempted to earn after graduating from high school. She didn't know how well she would do, she just knew that she was going to give her all.

She did better than she imagined, making the dean's list three out of the four semesters at Parkland; being invited and joining the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society; obtaining certification in Microsoft Office 2013 Word, Access, and Excel applications; and graduating with honors with both a certificate as an Office Specialist and a certificate as a Bookkeeping Assistant.

Now an office support associate with the University of Illinois Staff-Human Resources, she feels lucky to have had a position as student assistant in Parkland's office of Admissions and Records.

She has been married to her husband, Tim, for 30 years, and they are the proud parents of two girls, Taylor and Heather, and have two grandsons, Jalen and Blaine.

Annette's most memorable Parkland moment was when "Parkland helped me to realize that I am capable of anything I set my mind to do! I loved everything about my experience at Parkland!"