Mercer County Community College alumnus Marsha Stoltman’s ’81 (A.A.S., Business) connection to the college has come on numerous levels – as an employee, as a student, and as a member of the college Board of Trustees. In May, she added commencement speaker to that list.
A 30-something student who returned to college in Spring 2003, Gene Tobia worked his way through three degrees at Mercer, completing associate degrees in Nursing and Biology in December 2006, and finishing up a degree in a field of intense personal interest - Plant Science - in December 2007. In the three-plus years he studied at Mercer, Tobia developed orchids that have been officially approved and accepted by the New Jersey State Horticultural Society.
For lifelong Hamilton resident Danielle Nutt ’92 (A.A.S. Advertising Design), starting her education at Mercer helped build the foundation she needed to one day purchase and run her own business in her hometown. A few years after college, while working as a consultant at the Bridal Suite of Hamilton, Nutt saw the potential for growth and made the decision to buy the store. The Bridal Suite thrived under Nutt’s direction, as she more than tripled the store’s business in three years.
For alum Rashaun Jones ’09 (A.A., Liberal Arts), enrolling at Mercer County Community College was the key to discovering the importance of higher education. Now an academic counselor for MCCC’s Youth College program at the Trenton campus, Jones is using his own experiences to mentor high school students.
For some Mercer graduates, their associate degree is just the start of a long-term relationship with the college. That's the case for three Mercer alumni who work in the Student Activities Office: Danielle Garruba, Tina Young, and Tatiana Dodge. Not surprisingly, all three were active as Mercer students and are now intent on giving new groups of students the social support, growth and leadership skills that they developed as part of their college experience.
Ayo Johnson ’93 (A.S., Business Administration) wasn’t sure where her career would lead when she came to study at Mercer, but after getting a good education, she decided she wanted to help others do the same. After growing up in Spring Valley, NY, Johnson headed to Virginia for college, but decided it was not a good fit. Knowing that not all schools are alike, she began to look at other college options, which eventually led her to #MCCC.
As former commissioner of the Maryland Corrections System and current professor and program director of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Management in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), alum William Sondervan ’72, ’73 (A.A.S. Marketing, A.S. Business Administration) still credits Mercer as the first stepping stone in his long and accomplished career.
For Dr. Ted Johnson, left, with three of his Speech Pathology students, an associate professor of speech and hearing at Elmira College in upstate New York, MCCC provided a path to academic and professional success.
For Mercer alum Chris Obudho ’10 (A.A., Liberal Arts), earning a college degree came later in life. After enlisting in the Air Force directly out of high school, Obudho worked in a series of writing and political jobs before returning to school to earn his associate’s degree at Mercer and his bachelor’s degree through the college’s partnership with William Paterson University.
When Barb Pleva '03 (Office Systems Technology) began taking classes at Mercer County Community College in 1997, her goal was straightforward. All three of her children were off at college and it was time for Pleva to earn some college credits of her own. Pleva completed her studies in Office Systems Technology in 2003, but seven years later, she found herself actively involved at Mercer - not as a student, but as a valued volunteer coach for women's and men's tennis.