These are profiles of some of HCC's adult learners.
Destination: Business Administration
Path: Associate Degree
Chris may have gotten a late start on his college career, but he’s certainly made up for lost time. The senior vice president at Howard Bank and current chair of the HCC Educational Foundation freely admits that he “wasn’t always the greatest student,” which might explain why he went straight into the workforce after graduating from high school. When Chris eventually enrolled at HCC, he found the small class sizes and dedicated faculty to be a perfect match for a working student. Chris eventually went on to become an honor student, earning his A.A. from HCC and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore. And, through his work with the HCCEF, Chris enjoys giving back to students who are in a similar situation to his own.
Destination: Federal Judge
Path: Associate Degree
You’d never know it from her cheerful, outgoing personality, but Marie has overcome incredible obstacles to get where she is today. A Haitian refugee, Marie grew up in 17 different foster homes and suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of 16 from a car accident. Doctors feared that she would never recover, but Marie was determined to prove them wrong. She recently graduated from HCC as an honors student and is now working on her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Destination: Global Networker
Path: Personal Enrichment
Raised internationally in a military family, Ken quickly realized the value of learning a foreign language, and developed a passion to travel and learn about different cultures. That passion has led him to spend eight years as a student in HCC’s World Languages program. Over the years, Ken has received instruction in 13 languages and participated in numerous study abroad trips. “I’m now able to connect at light speed with people all over the world,” Ken says. “It’s amazing how quickly people feel comfortable with an American who can say ‘hello’ in their native class."
Destination: Develop English Skills
Path: Professional Advancement
When Kang Hun left South Korea to pursue a career in the United States, he realized that he needed to improve his English language skills to help him find a position in the competitive U.S. job market. Following a recommendation from a family member, Kang Hun enrolled in the English Institute, HCC’s award-winning, intensive English learning program. A year later, he emerged with a Business English Certificate, a strong command of the English language, and a job offer from a leading technology company.