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Student Success Stories

The ingenuity, creativity and passion of our students amazes us every day. Their efforts inspire us to work even harder to ensure their success and create a rewarding experience for them at the College. We're excited to share with you just a few of our student success stories. Check them out below, and click the Academic Offerings button to start down your own path to success.

Erika Lawrence

Erika Lawrence

Business Administration Program Graduate, 2014 Class Speaker

Two years ago, Erika Lawrence’s goal was to attend an affordable two-year college with an academically rigorous curriculum that would prepare her for transfer to a global-minded university. She got that and much more as a Business Administration major at the College. An Honors program student, she was the class speaker at the College’s 48th Commencement on May 3, 2014.

 

Among other accomplishments, Lawrence was elected treasurer of the Student Government Association and president of the Eta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, an international business honor society. Through the College, she has had the opportunity to travel to Belize as part of the Study Abroad program and intern with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She will attend the Fox School of Business at Temple University this fall.

 

David Stewart

David Stewart

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Graduate

David Stewart’s entrepreneurial spirit has followed him all his life, starting when he was a small boy operating his own shoe shining business. Several years and college degrees later, he is now the founder of startup Tembo Inc., which ranked 48th among the Philadelphia 100 fastest-growing companies in 2013. Started in 2010, Stewart’s company collects data on schools and helps contextualize that information with special tools, changing the way that people view education data.

 

Stewart has an undergraduate degree in business and a master’s degree in communication and technology, and he just completed the intensive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at the College in spring 2014. He likens the program, which provides training for entrepreneurs looking to grow their companies, to a “mini MBA.” Armed with the education and connections he’s made at the College, Stewart’s company has a promising future, providing jobs and valuable resources to the Philadelphia area.  

 

Quaris Carter

Quaris Carter

Criminal Justice Program Graduate

Quaris Carter had to overcome multiple obstacles that stood in the way of obtaining an education. Homeless, out of work and out of options, he enrolled in the College’s Criminal Justice program, seeking a new life and a fresh start. At the College, he immersed himself in his studies and took advantage of a new program that the College had started to help homeless students graduate. It wasn’t an easy route to his education, but he was determined.

 

Carter graduated with honors this past May. He will further his studies at La Salle University, where he’ll become a sociology and criminal justice major.


Kerry Walters

Kerry Walters

Mathematics Program Graduate

This fall, Kerry Walters will join the many recent alumni who have traveled from the Path to Possibilities to the Ivy League. Walters is bound for the University of Pennsylvania, where he will prepare for a career as a research mathematician and pursue a bachelor’s degree. As the 2014 winner of the College’s $5,000 James P. Diskin Scholarship, named for a beloved Math instructor, both his finances and his future are on firmer footing now.

 

Homeschooled in rural Minnesota, Walters, 24, found his way to Philadelphia to begin a new chapter in life. He was able to take advantage of the many resources that the College has to offer. Walters first began to consider math as a potential career after taking a class from assistant professor Dr. Reid C. Huntsinger.

 

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Cindy Ngo

Communications Program Graduate

After graduating from high school, Cindy Ngo searched for a path that would allow her to make the most of her gifts and abilities. Her classes with Craig Strimel, an assistant professor of English, helped turn her curiosity for public relations into a higher calling. In addition to taking classes, Ngo was able to get heavily involved with campus life. She served as vice president of the Asian American Club and first vice president of the Student Government Association. She also joined the Student Programming Board, promoting student events at the College by using techniques learned in class.

 

Along the way, she determined strategic communication was a good fit for her. Ngo will continue her communications studies this fall at Temple University. Eventually, she intends to work in the region’s nonprofit sector.

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Maria Morrero and Vincent Ancona

Liberal Arts - Honors Program Graduates

Soon after meeting at the College, Maria Morrero and Vincent Ancona realized they were more effective when they studied together. The College’s growing emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and peer support has served them well in the rigorous Honors program, and both aspire for careers as research professors. Along the way, they became best friends who coached each other through life’s unscripted challenges. Leading them every step of the way were faculty who set high, yet attainable goals.

 

Morrero enrolled at Bryn Mawr College in spring 2014, where she is studying Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in Sociology. Ancona starts Bucknell this fall to study Positive Psychology.