Phary Cox has been all over the world. She’s visited over 14 different countries during her deployment in the U.S. Navy.
Now, she’s smoothly transitioned into her position here at Clark College in the Veterans Resource Center. As school certifying Official since last July, Cox has been creating a space where veterans are aware of the resources they have available to them.
While the department itself is undergoing some changes with recent departures, Cox is ready for the transition and to continue ensuring that both veterans and their dependents are set up for success.
Prior to her current position, Cox has worked as an immigration services officer for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service as well as an Insurance Social Security claims specialist for the Social Security Administration. Cox has learned quite a lot about using her resources to move forward.
Brought to the United States at the age of two and being raised below the poverty line in southern California, Cox knew nothing else but to work after she finished her required education.
“I have selfish reasons for joining the Navy, I came to this country at the age of two and I grew up very poor. I wasn’t the smartest kid so I didn’t have the means or the grades to go to college,” said Cox.
Growing up in Southern California, Cox was taught the only path after high school was entering the workforce. Fortunately, she believed there could be another path.
Cox plans on using her decades’ worth of post-deployment experience in working in multiple federal sector positions with her new occupation here at Clark.