When Jennie graduated from Hammond High school in 2008, she wasn't sure if she wanted to go to college. All of that changed with the arrival of her child.
"I didn't want to give my daughter a reason to not finish college," Jennie says. "I wanted to set a good example." After learning about Howard Community College’s Children's Learning Center and Career Links program for single parents, she decided that HCC would be the best place to start.
Although Jennie admits that she wasn't the best student in high school, she has blossomed into a stellar student at HCC, serving on the Student Senate and as vice president of the Student Government Association, participating in the Business Entrepreneurship Club, and becoming a member of the Phi Theta Kappa and Schoenbrodt Honors programs.
With her daughter enrolled in the Children's Learning Center, Jennie has been able to work towards associate's degrees in International Business and Global Economics. After she, somewhat reluctantly, graduates from HCC, she plans to transfer to the University of Baltimore and hopes to go into politics or business. "I really don't want to leave," Jennie says. "This is such a great college."
Melanie has had the unique perspective of being both a student and an employee of Howard Community College.
Melanie was briefly a student at HCC before job demands interrupted her educational goals. Years later she joined the staff of HCC, and with the financial incentive of employee educational benefits and the support of her colleagues, Melanie was able to complete her associate’s degree by working at the college during the day and staying for classes at night.
But Melanie didn’t stop there. Through the Laurel College Center (LCC), a community of colleges and universities founded by HCC and Prince George's Community College, Melanie began working on her bachelor’s degree. "The location of LCC was very convenient and the faculty was extremely supportive," she says.
Through the LCC’s program, Melanie earned her bachelor's degree in business from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. "I've always received the support needed as an employee at HCC to pursue my educational goals," she says. "I truly did get there from here!"
For Scott and his family, attending Howard Community College has become something of a family tradition. After graduating from Atholton High School, Scott followed in the footsteps of his mother and sisters and enrolled at HCC.
Upon arrival, Scott became an active participant in the Silas Craft Collegians learning community, designed for promising students whose true potential may not be reflected in their past performance. The Silas Craft Collegians program helps ease the transition into college life through first-year seminars, tutoring, smaller class sizes, and skills-building for success. As a Collegian, Scott and his classmates have attended local arts performances, toured local colleges, volunteered at HCC’s Grand Prix fundraiser, and traveled to New York City to watch a Broadway show.
“I have definitely matured because of my time in the Silas Craft Program,” Scott says. “I’ve been able to develop the skills needed to thrive in my classes and have been provided with numerous opportunities to get involved on and off campus.” An aspiring computer animator, Scott hopes to one day turn his passion for writing, art, and technology into a career in the video game industry.