Destination: TV Producer
Path: Career Links Program
Mary Weeks took the long way en route to achieving her academic goals. After graduating from high school in Maryland, she packed her bags and moved far away from home to attend North Carolina Central University. Despite her mother’s repeated pleas for Mary to focus on schoolwork in spite of her newfound freedom, Mary quickly found herself out of school and back home in Columbia — without a degree.
With the help of HCC’s Career Links program — which assists single mothers in providing care for their children and securing financial support — Mary went on to earn two associates degrees from HCC in TV production and multimedia design. But Mary didn’t stop there, earning her undergraduate degree at Stevenson and enrolling at the New York Institute of Technology to earn her master’s degree, trekking from Maryland to New York twice a week to attend classes. Now the producer of “Columbia Matters,” a popular show from the Columbia Association, Mary credits her successful career to HCC. “I’m the producer I am today because of what I learned at HCC,” she says.