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  • Gloria M. Wilson, Class of 1980
    STCC enabled me to have a life long career in the field of nursing that I plan to complete my DNP.

    Gloria M. Wilson

    "STCC enabled me to have a life long career in the field of nursing that I plan to complete my DNP. STCC has also helped me to be motivated to be the best, with high performance standards, and gave the confidence to believe that I could complete STCC and go on.

    Thanks to STCC there have not been any barriers in my career, I have been fortunate to be employed in various clinical roles, management, advanced leadership roles that helped developed the abilities of other professionals and Nurses."

    ~ Gloria M. Wilson, Class of 1980 ~


  • Kathleen Lesser-Trask, Class of 1980
    "STCC is a central institution where possibilities are within reach for every soul who enters the gates.

    Kathleen Lesser-Trask

    "STCC is a central institution where possibilities are within reach for every soul who enters the gates. I am very proud to have been a piece of the rock in 1978-1980 within the walls of Building 20, achieving my degree to practice Dental Hygiene.  To this day, I speak highly of the program  which launched my now 32 year career practicing in many facets of Dental Hygiene in Alberta, Canada, University of Massachusetts, and in private practice in Ma and Ct. STCC means further opportunity for my family, as my daughter also achieved a degree in Graphic Arts and Photography in 2010. Today I give back to STCC by participating on staff for the Alumni Association.

    STCC means a promise for one's future. With my Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene my first opportunity was in Alberta Canada as Director of The Dental Dept at Minburn-Vermillion Healt Unit. Practicing in Public Health and directing a dental department was a highlight of my career. University of MA dental hygiene was fascinating as students and faculty were our clinic patients and I too, was able to further my studies in exercise science at Univ of MA. Flexibility in private practice  for 25 years has allowed me to raise my 3 children, and to  enjoy my extra-curriculars such as golf, tennis, gardening, travel among a few."

    ~ Kathleen Lesser-Trask, Class of 1980 ~


  • Augusta Mueller, Class of 1993
    "STCC was wonderful to me with professors like Linda Harrington and the support of Louisa Davis-Freeman  in career planning as well as many others at the college I was able to build my confidence in academics."

    Augusta Mueller

    After graduating from high school in 1987, I tried College but I did not feel at this time that it was right for me so I began working full time. During this time, I moved to Western Massachusetts to live with my grandmother and decided, after 3 years in the working world, that I should take one class at a local community college to see if my feelings had changed and I ended up here at STCC. After receiving an A in that one class, I decided I was ready to pursue higher education! STCC was wonderful to me with professors like Linda Harrington and the support of Louisa Davis-Freeman in career planning as well as many others at the college I was able to build my confidence in academics.

    It was through STCC that I landed my first professional internship at Walt Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida through the WDW College Program. I ultimately achieved my Ducktorate Degree in Management Disney Style and landed another internship out of the park and in community relations at Team Disney as the coordinator for the company's compassion program. I graduated with my Associates in Business Administration in 1993 from STCC.

    Upon arriving back in Massachusetts, I continued my education at American International College. I graduated from AIC in 1995 with a B.S. in Business Administration (marketing concentration). In 1999, I began working on my MBA at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and then took a position as a planning analyst at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport CT. In 2003, I successfully obtained my MBA with a financial concentration from SHU and took a position as the Director of Planning at Bridgeport Hospital. A role I have enjoyed for nearly four years. Something I would not have achieved had I not taken the first step and enrolled at STCC in 1989.

    ~ Augusta Mueller Class of 1993 ~


  • Daniel Jock, Class of 2004
    "I want to thank STCC for being a keystone in my professional development.  My education there was a stepping block for me to achieve greater things in life."

    Daniel Jock

    My name is Daniel Jock and I graduated STCC in May '04 with an A.S. in Business Administration.  This was a wonderful opportunity for me.  You see, I graduated Agawam High School in '99, but after which I went to prison for two years for some serious felonies that I committed when I was seventeen.  I had no SAT's, a poor high school record, and no money.  STCC helped me through a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship to earn my degree.

    After graduation, I was working as a server at Max's Tavern, and I went on to WNEC.  I earned a B.A. in mathematics in May '07 while supporting my wife of 2 years now and our 11-month-old baby.  I have recently received a substantial offer from MassMutual where I will be starting in July as an actuarial analyst training to become an enrolled actuary.

    I want to thank STCC for being a keystone in my professional development.  My education there was a stepping block for me to achieve greater things in life.

    ~ Daniel Jock, Class of 2004 ~


  • Susan Simon, Class of 1978
    "I would not have been so successful in my career if it were not for the encouragement from Lucille Hood PT (then director of the PTA Program at STCC) and the wonderful education I received there. I am ever grateful."

    Susan Simon

    STCC was a stepping-stone to a wonderful career as a physical therapist. I graduated from STCC in 1978 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I worked in the area for several years before re-locating to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had no difficulty finding a job as a PTA in Pittsburgh - My education at STCC prepared me well.

    After several years in Pittsburgh, I enrolled in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated in 1988 with a BS in Physical Therapy. I was one of the first 100 PT's in the country to become a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Today I am self-employed and work as a consultant to several MH/MR facilities in Pittsburgh. I would not have been so successful in my career if it were not for the encouragement from Lucille Hood PT (then director of the PTA Program at STCC) and the wonderful education I received there. I am ever grateful.

    ~ Susan Simon,  Class of 1978 ~


  • Brad Fitzgerald, Class of 1988
    "Without my background from STCC in Basic and Digital Electronics, Active Networks, Optics and Physics I would never have been able to switch into the high-tech semiconductor field. The instructors at STCC prepared me well for my new career change!"

    Brad Fitzgerald

    My Dad, who was an English professor at STCC in the 70s and 80s, suggested that I take the Laser Optics course when I was between jobs in the early 80s. I moved back to Springfield  and took the Laser Electro-Optics program from fall 1985-spring 1988. It took me 3 years to get through the program as my Math and Science skills were weak, as I had previously been a French major.

    When I graduated from STCC in 1988, my Dad was retiring from there the same year, so we both walked down the aisle of the Springfield Civic Center one last time together! Armed with my new A.S. degree in Laser Electro-Optics I applied to a few laser companies in Central and Eastern Mass., and in December 1988 was given a contracting job writing Laser systems manuals at Teradyne, Inc. a large automated test equipment manufacturer in Downtown Boston. Six months later the Teradyne spun off their Laser Systems Division, which moved to Somerville. We were then purchased by General Scanning out of Watertown, and moved to Wilmington in 1996 as General Scanning, Inc. -  I was a one-man Technical Writing Dept and ended up with up to 5 tech writing contractors reporting to me as well as being the company's Training Coordinator. At the end of 1998, I was laid off, having spent 10 great years with the company and getting invaluable experience in project management, training curriculum, and cutting-edge semiconductor laser equipment manufacture. From 1999-2001, I worked in a similar position for Eaton/Axcelis in Beverly, MA, where I was part of a 6-member technical writing team and also worked on training documentation.

    Without my background from STCC in Basic and Digital Electronics, Active Networks, Optics and Physics I would never have been able to switch into the high-tech semiconductor field. My experience in the Laser, Electronics, and Optics labs at STCC gave me the ability to walk into the engineering labs at GSI and Axcelis and quickly get up to speed on the new applications, having already learned many of the basics. The instructors at STCC prepared me well for my new career change!

    ~Brad Fitzgerald Class of 1988


  • Gregory Talbot, Class of 1976
    "I have traveled all over the world and get to go to some of the finest restaurants and recreational facilities available, in other words life is good - all this due to the education I received at STCC. So thank you STCC!"

    Gregory Talbot

    I attended STCC from 74 to 76. By the time, I decided to back to College I had been out of the Army since 67 and had been working construction.  I was married and had one son.  I went back to STCC under the GI bill.  At this point, I had been 10 years out of Cathedral High School. College was not an option when I graduated from high school, I didn't have the grades or the money to even consider it.

    In 1974 we hit a recession and the company I was working for was laying people off which made the decision to go to college easy.  I picked a course called Heat Power and Engineering.  I ended up graduating at the top of my class.  After graduation I was recruited by a small start-up company in Long Island NY and I have been there ever since.  This small company has grown in the last 30 years and today I am the senior vice president with only the founder's two sons above me. 

    I have had the opportunity to do things that would never have been available if it was not for STCC.

    I have traveled all over the world and get to go to some of the finest restaurants and recreational facilities available, in other words life is good - all this due to the education I received at STCC.

    So thank you STCC!

    ~ Gregory Talbot Class of 1976 ~


  • Deborah A. Maynard, Class of 1997
    "I felt safe and cared for at STCC and my experience there gave me the courage and knowledge to move forward in my life to get a good job."

    Deborah A. Maynard

    Since graduating from STCC, I have been working as a Registered Nurse. I worked at a nursing home in Holyoke for the first five years and then I moved to Mercy Hospital where I am currently working on a surgical floor.  Two and a half years ago, I enrolled at Our Lady of The Elms College in Chicopee. They were offering an RN to BS program at half price tuition that fit into my work schedule. I graduated last May with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing. Today I am very interested in learning more about holistic nursing. I am a level II Reiki practitioner and I have volunteered my Reiki talents at a few Cancer Support Events. I could not have done any of this without the education that I earned at STCC. The faculty and staff at STCC encouraged me when I needed it and were always there to help me any way they could. I felt safe and cared for at STCC and my experience there gave me the courage and knowledge to move forward in my life to get a good job.

    ~Deborah A. Maynard Class of 1997~


  • Mike Markiewicz, Class of 1975 & 1979
    "My products are mostly Military electronics, and my position has allowed me to travel the world, and do some very exciting things.  Many thanks to STCC for the start!"

    Mike Markiewicz

    I graduated twice from STCC, first in "Machine & Tool design" and then in "Environmental Technology".  My first real job was with Eastco Hand tools running a small Industrial Waste Water treatment plant in Springfield. I was there about 2 ½ years, and became the lead supervisor - this was a result of my Environmental Degree.

    Then I was offered an entry-level job at Hamilton Standard - United Technologies, as a "Process and Methods Planner" - this was a result of my Machine and Tool Design Degree. UTC has been my employer ever since for the last 28 years.

    Today I am the "Business Development Manager" for "Dynamic Controls Hamilton Sundstrand" (Same company new name)  My products are mostly Military electronics, and my position has allowed me to travel the world, and do some very exciting things.

    Many thanks to STCC for the start!

    ~ Mike Markiewicz, Class of 1975 & 1979 ~