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Alumni Success Stories / 2011 Archive

Are You a Graduate With a Story?
Please contact the MCCC Public Information Office
at (609) 570-3736 or e-mail alumni@mccc.edu.

current Alumni Success Stories
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Klaus Thalinger   Alum Klaus Thalinger Takes to the Skies His Way
"Everyone really cared about my career and goals for the future. The professors would go above and beyond to help students. I really have the highest regard for Mercer's program."

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Juan Chavez-Valdes   Alum Juan Chavez-Valdes Banks on Success
"At Mercer, I acquired the necessary business acumen that the industry demands from professionals today. MCCC opens doors to great opportunities."

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Frank Caponi   Alum Frank Caponi Savors Opportunities in Culinary World
Caponi, who completed Certificates of Proficiency in Cooking and Baking at MCCC in May 2010, takes great pride in whipping up a wide variety of daily specials to delight patrons.

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Paul Kraml   Alum Paul Kraml Relishes Success
in Fast-Paced Advertising World

"Community college is always a great option, especially if you are not sure of exactly what you want to do. I did not know all that was available to me until I got to Mercer."

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Constance Colon-Jones   Alum Constance Colon-Jones Uses
Life Experiences In Evolving Service Career

""All of my professors were highly knowledgeable. I was impressed with them. They made me think back to my days when I tutored non-native speakers in my neighborhood. I wanted to teach from that point on."

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Norris Kirk Taylor   Norris Kirk Taylor Is Dedicated Educator
Returning to Community College Roots

"I have established a climate that fosters student learning and inspires students toward upward mobility. I hope students will take advantage of this to achieve their dreams."

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Mischele Lewis   Rewards Are Worth the Sacrifices
for Nursing Alum Mischele Lewis

"Without Mercer, I am not sure what kind of nurse I would be. My instructors molded me -- a raw, rough piece of clay -- into someone who is making a difference in the world."

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Tammy Duffy   From Radiography to Fashion: Alumna Tammy Duffy
Debuts Line During New York Fashion Week

"Mercer more than prepared me to excel on the undergraduate and graduate school levels. There was a real sense of 'we want to make sure these kids excel'."

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David Noonan   Alum David Noonan's Hands-on Education
at MCCC Leads to PTA Success

"I would not change a thing about my journey. No one can ever take your education away. Every experience has shaped me into what I have become today."

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Joann Mia   Dream to Serve Others Fulfilled at MCCC for Alum Joann Mia
"Passing on my enthusiasm for learning and for turning around the lives of others has become my objective. My education has been geared toward this goal."

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Leon Rainbow   Alum Leon Rainbow Thanks Mercer
for Helping Him Shape Colorful Art Career

"The staff really cared and encouraged me to stay in school. I was hungry to learn. This is the first step toward improving the rest of your life."

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Jerry Carbone   Alum Jerry Carbone Uses Experiences
With Disability to Advocate for Others

"I obtained a good education in a safe and friendly environment. Part of feeling that way came from the faculty and staff with whom I interacted on a daily basis. Mercer changed my life."

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Kathleen Costello   Alumna Kathleen Costello Begins Lifetime Journey at MCCC
"Education does not have a timetable. We are all lifetime learners. It does not matter when the learning begins. What really matters is where it takes you."

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Albert Giple   Alum Albert Giple Sharpens Accounting
and Leadership Skills at MCCC

"Mercer empowered and equipped me with the tools I needed to advance my education. Be determined and persevere. As the saying goes, 'Nothing good comes easy.' Be resilient!"

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John J. Veisz   Alum John J. Veisz, AIA, CSBA Builds Architecture
Foundation at Mercer; Puts MCCC Grads to Work

"I'm a little biased, but we favor Mercer grads and it's always a good choice. Generally, they are more serious, focused and grounded self-starters."

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Wayne DeAngelo   Alum Wayne DeAngelo's Path to Legislature Begins at MCCC
"It's a great school for everyone -- for high school graduates and returning adult students, for those who know what they want to do and those who still need to figure it out."

...more...  < FULL STORY & PHOTOS

Jennifer Walsh   Alum Jennifer Walsh Comes Full Circle
as MCCC English Faculty Member

"I am proud to be a part of this vibrant college community. Mercer opened up a whole new world for me. I can only hope that I can do the same for my students."

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Fredrick Dande   Alum Fredrick Dande Builds IT
Networking Career from Solid MCCC Roots

"At Mercer, I realized just how I could fit into the industry. I really felt part of a vibrant learning community because I had close interaction with everyone. They cared about my overall development."

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Johnny Bullard   Alum Johnny Bullard Has Passion
for Cooking and Passion for Mercer

"Cooking is one thing, but knowing the theory behind it and the right methods makes
a difference. When you have an education, you can give an educated answer."

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Jo Ann Roynestad   Alum Jo Ann Roynestad Is Lead Manager at Penn Medicine
"Knowledge is as important as food; it nourishes you. It is never too late to learn something new; you can discover great things about yourself!"

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Christine Eggert   MCCC Alum Christine Eggert Evolves as
Administrative Professional and IT Teacher

She recalls her Mercer years as highly productive -- even a course in Business Law. "My Mercer education was practical and hands-on. I learned the tools I needed to succeed."

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Victoria Colyer   Alum Victoria Colyer Gets Life-Changing Foundation at Mercer
"Those who say they can't do something are interrupting those who are doing it.
I truly believe there is no reason to give up just because you hit a bump in the road!"

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Emily Jacobs   Return to Community College Leads to
ESL Career for Alumna Emily Jacobs

"I remember the thrill of seeing the connections [in] what I was learning. I literally began to feel smarter every day. I really had the sense that the people at Mercer were saying, 'Go Emily.'"

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Linda Ialacci   Alum Linda Ialacci's Knack for Numbers
Adds Up to Career Success

"My instructors were fantastic. Many of them worked in their field during the day and taught at night. I regained my confidence, which has allowed me to be where I am today."

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Alan Delozier   "Realization of Discovery" Drives Alum Alan Delozier
as Archivist and Professor at Seton Hall University

He says he came to Mercer for an education that was affordable and close to home, and maintains that Mercer sparked his "enduring fondness for the academic world."

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Ryan Csolak   Alum Ryan Csolak Thrives in Changing World of Advertising
"I simply fell in love with the process of creating and designing. Mercer set me on a clear career path. The passion you have will shine through."

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