Thursday, May 22, 2014

Words of Success or Inspiration

If we are honest with ourselves, accomplishments are rarely just because of what we did. That was the case with the majority of the graduates I spoke with in the weeks leading up to commencement.

Many of them told me it was the words of the people closest to them that inspired them. Especially when it came to determining which major or career they wanted to pursue. While some had set their own goals, I heard over and over again that the choice was because of something a teacher or family member said to them along the way.

Listening to them talk about the various challenges they have overcome to pursue their degrees, I can't help but admire their motivation. They juggle work and family obligations but yet somehow find time to study and do internships/field work at the same time.

I believe it is the people standing behind us who make the difference. As I think back to my own college days, I also remember the words of those closest to me. It was a time of search and discovery, taking classes in various areas, but there was one teacher who took the time to help me out. I didn't know anyone in my field at the time, and he was able to tell me what kinds of jobs were out there and what skills were needed for them. I really appreciated someone telling me what it would be like in the real world, and giving me the push I needed to get out there and do job shadowing and internships in order to build my resume.

If you’d like to give a shout out to those who inspired or supported you along the way, feel free to add a comment below.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

It's Commencement Day!

Congrats to our newest SCC grads. We are so very proud of each and every one of you. It is on this special day that we celebrate all the hard work and dedication that went into pursuing your educational goals. We encourage you, our friends and alumni, to continue to share your stories with us!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Countdown to Commencement: meet the speaker

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, is commencement day at SCC! There is a spirit of excitement in the air as preparations are under way on campus. We’ll celebrate our graduates and welcome all the families, friends, faculty and staff who have supported and encouraged them along the way.

We have the pleasure of welcoming a tech leader from our community to be the keynote speaker: Graham R. Fisher, Ph.D., chief scientist at SunEdison Inc. in St. Peters, Mo.

“Dr. Fisher is an exceedingly accomplished leader in high-technology science and engineering,” said David Niermann, SCC associate professor and pre-engineering program coordinator. “We have been very fortunate to have him on campus a number of times to share perspectives and experiences with our pre-engineering students. He is a passionate advocate of the value of education.”

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the College Center on the SCC campus.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Countdown to Commencement: Throwback Thursday

Check out this pic from SCC’s past. We’re not sure what year it is, but we’d love to hear your thoughts.
As we look forward to a bright future for our 2014 graduates, we thought it might be fun to recognize and celebrate more than 11,000 graduates who went before them, earning a degree or certificate at SCC. These are people who are at work in our community in fields like engineering, chemistry, teaching, criminal justice, nursing, accounting, psychology, social work, business … the list goes on.

There are lots of ways to measure the impact: lives touched, careers changed, economies impacted, families supported, dreams met, etc.

Today we’ll look at a few fun facts about SCC’s graduates of the past.

Historically, 11,166 graduates earned a degree or certificate at SCC.
  • 63% Associate of Arts
  • 2% Associate of Arts in Teaching
  • 15% Associate of Science
  • 12% Associate of Applied Science
  • 8% Certificate of Achievement or Specialization
    (Don’t know what these degrees are? Read up on them in our previous blog post.)
  • Nearly one-third received some form of financial aid, including scholarships and the A+ Schools Program 
  • More than 80 percent live in St. Charles County
  • About half were traditional age (18-22) and half were nontraditional age (greater than 22) when they graduated

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Countdown to Commencement: meet Scott

Congrats Scott!

Career aspiration: optometrist

SCC degree: Associate of Arts – Scott always liked science and math growing up, and knew he wanted to be a doctor. He took advantage of the A+ Schools Program and a couple of scholarships to get his associate degree as the first step toward his goal of being an optometrist.

Memorable moments:
  • Scott was excited to take advantage of SCC’s College Abroad program with Canterbury Christ Church University in England in the winter of 2013.
  • As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, he volunteered at the SCC Foundation’s Rhythm and Ribs event and said the bands and food are great, but the best part was giving back to the scholarship program that helped him.
Advice to other students: Take advantage of SCC’s academic counselors for advice so you don’t have to waste time or money on extra classes.

Next steps: bachelor’s degree in biology, doctorate degree in optometry

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Countdown to Commencement: meet Amanda and Max

SCC Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Advisor Brenda Hollrah brags on two students, Amanda Shipley and Max Leible:

“I was telling a parent of an incoming PTK officer how much progress we see in just a year with our officers. I pointed out that a quiet Amanda and a hesitant Max have both blossomed into assertive, confident leaders. This is the joy of being one of the advisors of an honor society. Watching bright students develop into well rounded student leaders is the best reward!”

Not only are these two soon-to-be grads dating, they will be turning their tassels together in the commencement ceremony on May 17.

Awesome job, Amanda and Max!

They were both recently named to the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) All Missouri Academic Team, an honor bestowed upon the state’s top community college students.

Ron Chesbrough (left), SCC president; Zora Mulligan, MCCA executive director; Amanda Shipley, SCC student; Christy Gant, SCC instructor and advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Photo credit: Missouri Community College Association.
Ron Chesbrough (left), SCC president; Zora Mulligan, MCCA executive director; Max Leible, SCC student; Christy Gant, SCC instructor and advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Photo credit: Missouri Community College Association.
Nursing student Amanda Shipley plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to obtain her BSN. Shipley currently works as an admitting representative for Mercy and is the vice president of service for SCC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter. She is also a Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Gold Scholar Award recipient, one of only 150 gold, silver and bronze winners nationwide.

Max Leible is attending SCC on the A+ Schools Program. He plans to attend UMSL in the fall as a junior finance major. Leible has started three small businesses and served as an economics tutor at SCC. He is the vice president of fellowship and fundraising for SCC’s PTK chapter.

Both Shipley and Leible are on the college’s Dean’s List. They were honored by MCCA during ceremonies on March 5 in Jefferson City.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of the two-year college.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Countdown to Commencement: meet the 2014 Distinguished Alum

St. Charles Community College alumna Laura Helling has a job she loves and is able to use her education and skills to support humanitarian efforts throughout the world.

An Associate of Arts degree from SCC was a first step for her in becoming director of development at Wings of Hope.

“Wings of Hope does international programming to lift people out of poverty,” Laura explained. “Aviation is at the core of our mission, but the impact is bigger.”

Kasey McKee, vice president for college advancement and planning, will present the award at the 26th annual SCC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes former SCC students who have become leaders in their professions and give back to their communities.

Learn more about Laura in SCC’s Discover Magazine.