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I wanted to be a mentor like the ones I had in college.
From Veterinary Medicine to Cyber Security, HCC Alum Returns for Change in Career

Stephanie Brice grew up riding horses and always dreamed of becoming an equine veterinarian.

After graduating from high school, Brice enrolled at Howard Community College (HCC), where she obtained an associate degree before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park to study animal sciences and pre-veterinary medicine. As planned, she earned a bachelor’s degree and began working as a practice manager at a veterinarian’s office, where she stayed for over a decade. She enjoyed her job, but longed for a change.

So two years ago, she returned to where she began – at HCC – for a fresh start. On a whim, she decided to take a technology course.

“I know the technology field is not changing, it’s only growing,” Brice said. “I had no fundamental knowledge. I just took it to see if I liked it. And it worked out.”

In her time at HCC, Brice excelled. She was a member of the National Honors Society and made the Dean’s List.

Brice graduated with an degree in cyber security last winter. She now teaches at HCC.

“I wanted to be a mentor like the ones I had in college,” she said. “I can help a frustrated student. I can say I was in their shoes two years ago. I was there too. And now I’m teaching it.”

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