Beginning his second year at MCC this fall, Miguel Rosario (pictured at right) will study computer science thanks to the Farash Foundation First in Family Scholarship. He credits his parents for doing everything possible to help him go to college. He says, “We are not a rich family monetarily, but we are [rich] in heart and soul.” With his sights already set on transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology in two years and ultimately becoming a professor, Miguel is grateful to pursue the next rewarding chapter of his life at MCC.
Catherine Ludlow (pictured at left) started a new chapter at MCC—achieving a 4.0 GPA and working as a home health aide while completing prerequisites for MCC’s Nursing program. A Wolk Faces of the Future Scholarship helped Catherine earn her degree in June 2018 and start her career as a registered nurse.
As a single mother, Alicia Kuligowski (pictured at right) wanted a better life for herself and her son. Alicia enrolled in Monroe Community College’s Nursing program with the goal of ultimately becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist. In order to attend MCC, she worked two part-time jobs and soon added a third overnight job. Receiving a STAR Power Scholarship for single parents rescued her from balancing multiple jobs and caring for her son with attending classes. Most important, it helped her be even more of a role model for her son.
Receiving a Harris Corporation Endowed Scholarship for Women in Technology encouraged Coreen Johnson (pictured at left), a nontraditional student, to go to MCC to study Information and Network Technology. She says earning a degree in a field where “my competitors are 20+ years younger is a challenge, but one I approach with vigor.” Coreen is determined to make Harris proud of its investment and hopes to potentially work for the company that helped her start this exciting chapter of her life.
Francine Burks’ (pictured at right) teenage daughter inspired her to develop a business plan to meet the transportation needs of people in wheelchairs. She successfully presented her new business, Do You Need a Lift?, at MCC’s first-ever Launch Your Business! event in April 2018 and received a first-place scholarship, access to business mentors and free admission to attend program-associated courses at MCC Corporate College. At MCC’s Entrepreneurship Day in November 2018, Francine will compete for additional venture funding made possible by the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund and the generosity of Chip and Stuart Weismiller.
After 14 years of searching, attending different colleges and working in unsatisfying jobs, Aaron Martin (pictured at left) followed his friend’s advice and found his niche in MCC’s Air Conditioning Technology: Heating and Ventilation degree program. The Gateway to HVAC/R Program, made possible by Grainger, Inc., and a General Applied Technologies Department scholarship helped Aaron graduate in June 2018, eager to begin his career.