I am a hard worker, I love learning and I love people—these are the characteristics that I believe will make me a great nurse.
— Catherine ludlow ‘18 New Chapter: Caring for our community

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. 


I made the decision to return to school.
— Alicia Kuligowski, Class of 2019 New Chapter: Building a future for her family

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. 


I just can’t thank you enough …
— Coreen Johnson, class of 2019 New Chapter: Fresh start in life

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. 


I realized that there are people who do not have options.
— Francine Burks, Class of 2019 New Chapter: Entrepreneur in Rochester

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.


I can’t wait to get out into the field.
— Aaron Martin ’18 New Chapter: Career in HVAC/R

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.


I feel amazing and cannot wait to get started …
— miguel Rosario, Class of 2019 New Chapter: Farash Foundation First in Family Scholarship

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. 



Save for Success was launched in 2014 by MCC, ESL Federal Credit Union and PathStone Corporation to make higher education more affordable for low-income and disadvantaged members of our community. The program provides students who save $375 with an 8-to-1 matching grant toward their education, as well as financial and life-skills counseling. MCC Foundation supporters helped secure a $200,000 Assets for Independence grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make the program possible. Other supporters have joined in to keep this inspiring program available to students—many of whom are applying their matching education grants to help cover tuition and expenses at MCC this academic year.


DiMarco Group, LLC


Duda Family Foundation/Jane ’72 & Zeke Duda



Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation


Cynthia & Wayne Gilman



Bob & Chris Latella


Mary & George Bauer

Estate of Jan Z. Wiranowski



The Community Foundation 


Mr. Richard A. Kaplan


José & Karen Coronas


Pathstone Corporation



MCC offers a dynamic learning environment where excellent academics and innovative teaching approaches empower students to achieve their goals. The MCC Foundation awarded more than $20,000 in grants to the following MCC faculty and staff in order to take the student learning experience to the next level in 2016-2017.

Gas Chromatography Instrumentation to Benefit Forensic Science Students - $4,016

Mary DiSano, Chemistry and Geosciences

The purchase of two Vernier Mini GC Plus Gas Chromatographs will allow students enrolled in the Introductory Forensic Science course to use GC instrumentation at the Downtown Campus by the end of the fall 2018 semester.


School of STEM and Engineering Science Advisement Institute - $504

Krista Tyner, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

The School of STEM, in collaboration with the Engineering Science/Physics Department (ESP), will host an advisement institute focused on developing advisement skills and knowledge needed to support the ESP student. The institute’s purpose is to prepare faculty to effectively advise outside their disciplines in an effort to better support the pre-program pathway students.


MCC UAV-SUAS Design Team - $2,613

Christopher Kumar, Engineering Science & Physics

The Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) competition is an annual international competition located at the Patuxent River, Maryland Naval Air Base. Each year, students from numerous universities around the world design and build the best autonomous aerial vehicles and compete in this distinguished event. Last year, MCC was the first community college ever to participate in this event and placed 18th overall out of 54 teams. This introduced the MCC UAV team to the world stage of competition.

Mural Project to Downtown Campus for Columns in Both Classrooms and Hallways - $4,000

Kathleen Farrell, Visual and Performing Arts

These murals seek to augment the beautifully designed building by adding color and life to the halls and walls of floors 2 through 6 of this newly renovated space. The Greater Rochester community, when visiting the campus, will experience the welcoming feeling developed from the display of artwork and murals of this collection. We seek to support multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to learning through the enhancement of this collection and mural displays.

The Foundation for Success Banners at Downtown Campus - $1,225

Ann Topping, Student Services—Downtown Campus

These banners will help students to identify what services are available within seven service delivery areas at the Downtown Campus. The banners will also promote the value to students for seeking out these services.


Solar Thermal Technologies Equipment Upgrade - $4,000

Dale Pearce, Applied Technologies

Aquiring new equipment will allow students to have physical interaction with the components of a hydronics mechanical system in domestic hot water heating with a space-heating application. Being able to physically have this system will help with hands-on teaching and enhance student learning in a practical setting.


Downtown Campus Food Pantry - $3,502

Ambika Howell, Student Services—Downtown Campus

Approximately two-thirds of the students at the Downtown Campus receive some form of state or federal financial assistance. Increasing access to resources in the food pantry and strengthening collaborations with community partners will empower students with the services they need to support their student success.


MCC Institute for the Humanities - $3,000

Michael Jacobs, Liberal Arts

Our goal is to secure funding from numerous sources, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanities NY. Our purpose in seeking a grant is to help support the planning and marketing phases of this initiative by subsidizing expenses associated with professional development, strategy sessions and printing.


Andrea Wade, chair

David Boni

Tokeya Graham

Mike Krupnicki

Cindy Langston

John Lovenheim

Joe Marchese

Ron Mead

Remegia Mitchell, ex-officio

Heather Pierce

Louis Silvers

Lisa Fluman, Foundation liaison

Susan Gurak, Foundation liaison

More than $3,500 in grants was awarded to the following Monroe Community College faculty and staff in order to take the MCC learning experience to the next level in 2018.

Steadicam Video Stabilization - $800

Jeremy Case, Virtual Campus

Steadicam systems have been effectively used in high-end video and film productions for decades to smooth out moving footage, but have been very expensive. Recently, a more affordable option has become available. This new equipment will enable the collection of higher-quality footage for use both in the classroom and in communications to the community at large. Being able to collect this quality of footage without having to hire outside firms will save the college (and ultimately students) money.


CHE 124 Organic Chemistry Flashcards/ChemDraw Software - $852

Judith Mevs, Chemistry & Geosciences

This proposal aims to provide tools for students to review and identify basic functional groups, nomenclature, structural formulas, and chemical reactions of organic compounds covered in CHE 124 by creating sets of flashcards that would be made available in the Natural Sciences Education Center and MCC libraries. In addition, the use of ChemDraw Prime 17.0 chemical drawing software package will increase speed and efficiency for faculty in the design/process of creating flashcards, as well as other instructional or assessment materials for students.

Community Building - $900

Athesia Benjamin, Visual & Performing Arts

The goal of this proposal is to develop a more inclusive MCC community that will benefit all of us. Organized programs and events will provide opportunities for diverse interaction among students, and potentially faculty and staff, while also encouraging a community of consciousness of compassion and positivity. The funds will help establish a Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) chapter on campus, continue race forums and speed-meeting events in the campus center, using the MCC Facebook page, showcasing pictures of students interacting in diverse groups, drop-in participation for murals and starting a kindness club.


On-Site Homeland Security Course in Israel - $1,000

John J. Perrone Jr., Homeland Security

Israel is considered to have some of the best homeland security practices and policies of any place in the world. Students attending the Israel program will have the opportunity to hear directly from security members of the police forces and Israeli defense forces. They will see homeland security measures from the experts at sea ports, airports, shopping malls, government buildings and critical infrastructure, and learn how they keep their country safe. Financial assistance will help to offset some of the cost of an additional day in Israel for meals, materials and travel escorts to allow the students a cultural and religious experience that is unparalleled and an opportunity of a lifetime.