Students of many ages make up our student body, and they are taking advantage of the wealth of opportunities that NVCC provides.
A part-time student at NVCC, Jamie Fisher, 37, is coming close to her goal of attending the nursing program. Currently a licensed practical nurse (LPN) she has been working third shift and taking classes at NVCC since 2010.
“I am a mother first,” said Fisher, but attending NVCC has allowed her to be there for her 15 year old son and work 40 hours a week while pursuing her dream profession. Some students walk away from a 4-year university in debt and unsure of how to start their career. “Relatively recent college graduates who have more than $50,000 in student debt are significantly less likely to be thriving financially and physically than their counterparts without loans,” according to a poll conducted by Gallup.
“State Community Colleges are simply great!” says, James Ramsey, an NVCC student. Ramsey, 64, is a pre-nursing student at NVCC who has already earned his Associate’s in General Education while taking classes for entry into the nursing program. “I decided to come back to a State Community College to acquire medical expertise at an affordable price,” he said. Ramsey, living in the Vietnam War era during high school, joined the Air Force which sparked his interest in electrical work.
According to a recent survey conducted by Michigan State University, there will be a 19% increase in employment opportunities for graduates with an Associate’s degree; that is slightly more than those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
Michael A. Spiegel III, a 34-year-old father of two and part-time student, decided to attend NVCC for its physical therapy assistant program. While working third shift with the State Police, he has taken classes at NVCC for four semesters.
“After high school I did feel a little pressure to continue on to college right away,” he says. He went to CCSU as he felt “strongly encouraged” by his parents and teachers. On top of taking classes at NVCC, Spiegel has served as the Vice President of Communications for Phi Theta Kappa, NVCC’s honor society.
McKayla Marques is a 17 year-old high school senior and she began taking classes at NVCC last semester. She heard of a fellow student working toward a degree while in high school and decided to look into it.
“I want to get my degree in athletic training and human performance,” she said. Marques not only balances her high school and college classes, but also works two jobs. When asked about her dream job she said she’d love to work with the NFL. She’s starting her higher education here at NVCC so she can affordably attain her Associate’s before she moves on to achieve her Bachelor’s.
Community colleges offer students the beginning to a bright future. NVCC represents diversity, community and perseverance and its students have incredible drive and passion for their education.