Maegan Kyser Finds New Home In Communications
Maegan Kyser graduated from Camden County College in 2013 with a degree in communication and the honor of delivering the student address at commencement. She recently was accepted to begin studying at the University of Pennsylvania and plans to continue in communication, which she studied under Professor Drew Jacobs at CCC.
"Professor Jacobs can be credited for much of my success at CCC," Maegan says. "His passion for radio and television truly captivated me. His style of teaching was extremely engaging, and it created an easy learning environment. I looked forward to taking a class with him each semester, and I cannot thank him enough for being an excellent professor, mentor and guide."
Currently employed at Good Shepherd Penn Partners as a unit ambassador, Maegan enjoys her job. She finds working as a patient and guest relations expert to be rewarding, especially since it involves her working closely with the long-term acute care patients and their families to alleviate any issues and help navigate their care until they are discharged home. Her studies so far have helped her succeed in this position.
"My experience at CCC was incredible," Maegan says. "The curriculum was focused on students learning and applying their knowledge to the real-world setting."
From LPN to Addictions Counselor
Before attending Camden County College, Karen Kirbyworked as a licensed practical nurse. But she knew that addictions counseling was the field she really wanted to pursue. So she decided to go back to school. At CCC, she found everything she needed.
“CCC fit because of the weekend program,” Karen says. “It was great for working people like me, and the price was great as well!”
Before graduating in 2012 with an associate in applied science degree in addictions counseling, Karen completed general education and specialty coursework along with an internship and fieldwork. At My Father’s House in Gloucester City, she was involved in an intensive outpatient and served as a mental health counselor. Underscoring all of this education and experience was the backing she received from College staff.
“CCC’s faculty and advisors gave me the support and encouragement I needed to succeed in changing my career,” she recalls.
Karen is now employed by New Point Behavioral Healthcare. She also is studying behavioral health counseling at Drexel University.
Contributing to Cures for Dangerous Diseases
Virginia Scardinograduated from Camden County College in 2010 with an associate degree in forensic biotechnology. She has been accepted into Rutgers University–Camden and will soon begin working to complete her bachelor’s degree.
During her time at CCC, she says, many influential professors helped her stay focused on her academic and career goals. In addition to guiding her to her first degree, they encouraged Virginia to apply for an experience with NASA – which she received and successfully completed.
Now employed at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Virginia has just been promoted to a laboratory technician position. She is working in the molecular DNA lab.
“Through contracts, we receive DNA samples from around the world to extract
and purify DNA,” she explains. “Coriell then ships the samples to researchers around the world, who will hopefully continue to make strides to cure life threatening diseases.”
Orlando Rodriquez Develops Leadership Through Nursing Program
Orlando Rodriquez says his journey through Camden County College transformed him into a young leader. He came to CCC because he needed a place that would allow him to grow as a student and as a person.
"I considered many colleges," he recalls. "However, CCC was not only the most affordable, but had what seemed like an army of professors who were student advocates."
Orlando began his CCC career by majoring in biology. After his first year, though, he switched to pre-nursing. With his classroom course set, he worked to grow outside the classroom.
"I got involved with as much as I could," he says. "I was an EOF student and an Honors Program student, and I served as a member of the Urban Unity Club, a vice president of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and president of the Student Government Association. I also worked as a work-study student in many of the campus offices."
Orlando credits Honors Program advisor Professor Jennifer Hoheisel for much of his success. He also is grateful to English Professor Claire Berger, Assistant Dean of Students Jackie Tenuto and Bessie Williams from the EOF program.
"Although my two years at CCC went by quickly, they were definitely unforgettable," says Orlando, who actually has remained on campus as a student in the new Rutgers University bachelor's degree in nursing program that CCC offers.
Grad Reaches Excellence in Chemistry, Strives Toward Future Contributions in Biochemistry
Ian Hansen graduated from Camden County College as a member of the Class of 2013. He earned his associate degree in chemistry and performed so outstandingly that he also received the College's Academic Excellence Award in his major for 2013.
While attending CCC, Ian worked part-time as a student tutor and a chemistry lab assistant. Throughout his time at the College, he says, he received excellent guidance. So many of the faculty members he studied under contributed to his success, he notes, naming Dean Susan Choi, Professor Dipti Bardhan, Professor Bud Lavell, Professor David Nugiel and Professor Ying Mao among them.
Hansen is currently attending Rowan University and working toward a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. His ultimate goal, he says, is to make notable contributions to the future of science.
Graduate Spotlight: Welcoming Change as a Great Adventure
Sometimes, the best things happen when your world looks the darkest. In 2010, due to state budget cuts, all teacher assistant positions in the Winslow Township School District were privatized. Emily Lang not only lost her job of 16 years but was prevented by those same budget cuts from finding another position as a teacher assistant.
After looking through the Camden County College course catalog, Emily spotted the administrative assistant program that would provide her with much-needed computer skills. She immediately contacted Professor Rosalie Duren, program coordinator, who met with Emily to review the college credits she had earned in the past.
"She helped me determine which classes I needed and when to take them to obtain my degree as quickly as possible," Emily recalls.
Faculty members proved most valuable to Emily, from Professor Bill Mink and his unfailing patience while teaching Excel to Professor Duren, who not only taught several of her classes, but also mentored her during every step of her education. This guidance and personal attention created a positive environment that encouraged Emily to succeed.
Today, Emily works in the Bellmawr School District as an administrative assistant to the director of curriculum and instruction. She sincerely appreciates the education received at CCC, which made it possible for her to begin a new career.
"What appeared to be a dark moment in my life," she says, "turned out to be an opportunity for a new beginning."