A Trenton native, Colon enrolled at MCCC in 2009 to study business. He excelled in his business courses, but was quickly drawn into the collaborative atmosphere of the Television Program. "Being on those production teams gave me the confidence to be the leader and take charge of a group."
"Mercer's curriculum fit well with my goal to become a social worker. And, as a part-time employee, I was able to finish work and attend a class, or attend a class and then start work."
Having completed his bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Rowan University in May, he is now taking a full load of MCCC business classes to help him secure a job in pharmaceutical sales.
"At Mercer, I got the opportunity to learn by actually doing."
As the mother of three sons, Latasha White of Trenton is considered a non-traditional student. White has not only proven that success can come at any age, but that adults are often guided by strong convictions and a sense of purpose that fuel that success.
"I'm a kid from Trenton, New Jersey. My high school teachers never pegged me to have a doctorate, or a law degree, or to even finish college, and I wouldn't blame them," Sondej said. "I came to Mercer and they didn't see me that way. They saw me as a college student and welcomed me."
As an MCCC student, Harrison worked full-time while raising two daughters. She was able to schedule her classes in the evenings, on weekends and online.
Pittore says that reaching his career goal in state law enforcement began at Mercer. He chose MCCC primarily because of the outstanding reputation of its Criminal Justice program.
"I felt that Mercer's programs would not only prepare me for the future, but were also current with the latest trends and technologies,"
"MCCC gave me a nurturing environment to move forward in my life. I got a lot of guidance and made many good friends. I was involved in Student Government and served as the alumni representative on the Board of Trustees the year after I graduated. All of that helped me be who I am today -- someone who can say they walked El Camino."
"I didn't get serious about going into theater until I was at Mercer. I appeared in three major student productions in the late-2000s: Rent, Hedda Gabler and Angels in America."