Natacha was considering an engineering career, but found herself questioning if the work she would eventually do would be the right fit for her. She registered for a computer repair class at Howard Community College, and by the end of the semester, she was inspired, confident and ready to become a STEM Scholar.
“As soon as I entered the engineering program, I felt supported,” said Natacha. “People were there to help me plan out my courses, get connected to other students and professionals in the field, and find mentors who could offer advice when I was struggling. They helped me stay focused but also open-minded to the possibilities.”
Upon completion of associate degrees in both computer support technology and computer science from HCC, Ngea transferred to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and on track to graduate in spring 2017.
“The education I received at Howard Community College was outstanding and prepared me for my transfer to UMBC, and ultimately for my career,” said Natacha. “The people who taught me are experienced professionals who take pride in their work and are committed to helping each student grow. Through them, my commitment to my profession was confirmed and then strengthened.”