In Their Own Words: How did HCC play a role in your success?
“While at HCC, I actually started the school’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter... President Hetherington is such a supporter of the students and what we were doing. She was really engaged and involved and went to so many different events on campus where we were able to communicate and talk with her one-on-one... I literally was able to get so many places because of HCC’s support.”
Brianna Lawton, AA ’15, doctoral student in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University and winner of the Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship.
“I was part of Howard P.R.I.D.E. I was also part of Step UP, where I was paired with Dr. Kate (HCC President Kate Hetherington served as mentor). She is tremendous. To assuage my curiosity and increase my cultural competency, she taught me how to use chopsticks. She also helped me through a lot of personal struggles with family in Cameroon and my education in the U.S. We still keep in touch, and I really appreciate her support. It’s something you really can’t put a price tag on.”
Herman Chenwi, AA ’14, received his master’s degree in public health and is a Public Health Advisor for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s quarantine station at Washington-Dulles International Airport, as well as a health data analyst for local governments.
“There were a couple of classes I took at HCC that stood out. One was introduction to business, which kind of whet my appetite for all things business. I also befriended two students who opened my eyes a little bit more than they had been. One was an immigrant from Haiti, who was excited to be in the United States for the first time. The other was an Army veteran and paraplegic who was starting all over after suffering a terrible accident. It really spoke to the diversity of the community college and the way in which it serves the needs of many people but in different ways.”
Daniel J. Schrider, transferred from HCC in 1983 and went on to receive his master’s degree in business administration and is president and chief executive officer of Sandy Spring Bank.
“For statistics, I had a tutor at HCC who taught me with shapes and colors. It was mind blowing how I could absorb that information and get it because it was presented to me in a more creative way. That’s when I knew I didn’t have an issue with math... Everything is a building block, and HCC was a very solid foundation for me to jump off of”
Janet Althen, AA ’95, received her master’s degree in acupuncture and is owner of The Women’s Acupuncture Center.