Alumni Success Stories

We welcome you to read about the journeys of our MCC alums and how MCC helped them on their paths to further education and careers.

 

Alicia Gentile PhotoAlicia Gentile '16

As a Dual Enrollment student, Gentile appreciated Middlesex Community College’s small class sizes and opportunities for growth. Having received flexible course options, supportive advisors and professors, and a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, Middlesex put her on track to help her in her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree and a career as a nurse.

“My overall experience at MCC was amazing and really shaped who I am today,” she said. “I always loved learning before I got to MCC, but MCC helped me cultivate that love and channel it into action. I felt confident because of MCC and I feel as though I was able to create a solid path for myself.”

From Groton, Gentile was a Liberal Arts & Sciences major at MCC who worked as a Supplemental Instructor in Anatomy and Physiology. As a Dual Enrollment student, Gentile took college-level courses starting in high school. Working towards her high school diploma while earning college credit helped her gain college experience and further challenged her academic abilities in a positive way.

A commencement speaker at her graduation from Middlesex in May 2016, she transferred to the University of San Francisco to receive a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minor in General Business.

“I’m grateful to have felt confident leaving Middlesex,” she said. “I was confident in my ability to take on difficult classes, and I was confident in the foundation MCC provided me.”

Her passion for nursing and the healthcare industry started at Middlesex. It was her experience with her professors at MCC who made such a positive impact on her success.

“MCC just made me feel supported,” she said. “I really felt like the teachers wanted me to succeed and wanted me to learn, and my educational efforts were acknowledged. It was really encouraging to have so many teachers that rooted for me!”


Joshua Moreaux PhotoJoshua Moreaux '13

Middlesex Community College alum Joshua Moreaux is a United States Air Force veteran who was looking to go back to school to get a degree in the sciences. With benefits from the GI Bill, he was able to start at Middlesex and flourished on his new path. Though he had not known much about biotechnology before, his professor Dr. Mariluci Bladon talked to him about the benefits of working in the industry.

“I really fell in love with it – the teachers, the hands-on activities, everything was just phenomenal,” he said. “I really just threw my whole self into my studies and got involved with the PDA (Parental Drug Association). Anytime we had to do displays for people to come and see, I was involved in all of those things. I immersed myself into the entire program.”

After graduating from MCC in 2013, he continued on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and started work at a pharmaceutical company that is now Takeda. His time at MCC prepared Moreaux to go to school and work in the field despite a grueling schedule that included working from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., then heading to classes until 9 p.m. It was a lot to balance at once, but he kept reminding himself to “focus on what’s right in front of me.” MCC was his perfect starting point, as the biotech program offered him both foundational knowledge and high-quality practical experience.

“MCC has a very organized and robust program,” he said. “It far exceeded my expectations and the amount of clinical experience I got at BU by far.”

Moreaux enjoys keeping in touch with Middlesex and visited MCC’s new biotech lab to help students learn about the new clean room. He enjoyed being able to see the space in person – calling it “state-of-the-art” and comparing it to what he would find at his company – as MCC was in the discussion phase of building the lab while he was in the program.

“It’s good to give back and it gives me great pleasure to be able to give back to a program that gave so much to me,” he said. “The unfortunate part about being at MCC is that it ends before you know it. Knowing that, get involved, immerse yourself into the program, and look for all opportunities that are available to you.”


Rachel Twerefour PhotoRachel Twerefour '20

Rachel Twerefour came to Middlesex Community College to start working in the healthcare industry as soon as she could. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UMass Lowell, she chose MCC’s Community Education and Training’s (CET) Nurse Assistant certificate program to gain patient care experience before applying for medical school.

“MCC’s certificate programs allow individuals to take courses that will help their professional career in a very timely manner at an affordable cost,” she said. “MCC’s Nurse Assistant program prepared me for the future by teaching me the core values and skills that are needed to be the best healthcare professional I can be.”

Twerefour credits her instructors April Champa and LeeAnn Harmer for their guidance, saying they “went above and beyond” to make sure students understood the content. With their support, she felt comfortable asking questions and gained confidence in her abilities as a Nurse Assistant.

“My experience at MCC was excellent,” she said. “The program coordinators did a wonderful job of providing updates about how the program would be during the pandemic and the instructors were so flexible and attentive during online learning and the practical experience.”

Having completed the certificate program, she can now work in the healthcare field while she pursues advanced degrees. After finishing the program in September 2020, Twerefour was hired by Lowell General Hospital as an Emergency Room Technician.


If you have an alumni story to share, please contact Amy Lee, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations at leea@middlesex.mass.edu.

 


Last Modified: 8/2/21