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Johnie Palmer   NEWEST!
Funeral Director Johnnie Palmer Traces Career Success to Thorough MCCC Education
Palmer chose Mercer because it offered the only accredited program in the state, a distinction it has to the present day. He earned his Associate of Science degree in Funeral Service Prep and a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Service.

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Carlos Figueroa   Lifelong Journey for Carlos Figueroa Begins With Chance Bus Ride to Mercer
"The people at Mercer are part of my biography," Figueroa said. "People play a role in shaping your biography, and create a solid foundation you can draw from."

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Dennis Guevara   Pianist Dennis Guevara ('07) Builds Career as Go-To Accompanist
During his years at Mercer, Guevara won the Instrumental Music Award and a scholarship to go with it. “I took advantage of the opportunities I had at Mercer and I learned a lot. It’s a full college experience, even better because at Mercer you are a person, not a number,” he observes.

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Jeri Bogan Zielinski   ETS Senior Director Jeri Bogan Zielinski Recalls Inspiring Start At MCCC
Zielinski notes that her Mercer education was a real plus when she applied for her current position. “The Property Management job required an unusual combination of experience and skills – knowledge of the property management and construction engineering environment, combined with knowledge of Fine Arts. Bingo! My MCCC Fine Arts degree definitely helped.”

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Steven Bruns   Alum Steven Bruns Goes From Counting Notes to Counting Dollars
The transformation began at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), where after three semesters, Bruns was on his way to earning an MBA in Professional Accounting and passing the CPA exam.

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CJ Harker   Alumnus CJ Harker Is Featured in National Magazine for Emerging Photographers
“I went to Mercer originally to get all of my core classes out of the way in a cost effective and efficient manner. When I came back the second time it was to build up photography credits and skills part-time while I worked full-time a couple of miles down the road,” Harker explained.

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Faith Weil Wight   Alumna Faith Weil Wight Pays It Forward As Hillsborough High School Photography Teacher
“MCCC was wonderful. My professors were masters and very inspirational,” she said, recalling Mel Leipzig, Bill Barksdale, and James Colavita, as well as others whose names she may not remember, but whose lessons live on in her.

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Ed Yuncza   Criminal Justice Alum Ed Yuncza
Continues to Shine in Martial Arts and Career

"The lessons I learned at Mercer taught me that I could do much more with my life than I ever thought possible. Academically, Mercer prepared me to seize the opportunities."

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Chris Obudho   Alum Chris Obudho Reaps Rewards
of Returning to College at Mercer and WPU

"Mercer is one of the best educational and financial deals out there. It helped me build relevant skills and broader knowledge to overcome obstacles in a tough economy."

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Patricia Braun   Alum Patricia Braun Uses Mercer
to Jumpstart Career in Pharmaceuticals

"I feel my job is really meaningful and all the steps to get to this stage in my career have really been worth it. I'm glad Mercer was there to help me in my first steps to success."

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Rashaun Jones   Alum Rashaun Jones' Own Story Enhances
His Role as Counselor for Youth College

"The faculty and staff encouraged me to be better, the students I met helped me to grow, and the opportunities opened doors that I wouldn't have been able to unlock on my own."

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Malgorzata Kolisz   Malgorzata Kolisz’s Dream Takes Flight
After Earning Her Aviation Degree at Mercer

"Mercer was the gateway for following my dream to travel around the world. Every day I use the skills I learned from my professors at Mercer. I will always remember [them] as friendly professionals that made sure I succeeded."

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Harry Camisa   Former Corrections Officer and Teacher Harry Camisa
Earned His MCCC Degree and So Much More

Now 84 and long retired, Camisa says the decision to go to college was one of the best things he could have done. "Life without an education would have been a whole lot different for me."

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Ellie Patounas   Alumna Ellie Patounas Learns
Value of Higher Education at Mercer

"A lot of my instructors also worked during the day and could provide us with real world experiences in the classroom. They were very passionate about their work and really helped me get a better understanding of the subject they were teaching."

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Sara Hull   Alum Sara Hull Credits MCCC with
Leading Role in Her Hollywood Career

"My teachers were extremely supportive. They helped me live my dreams. They inspired me to want to do and learn more and push myself to succeed. Through the classes I took and the people I met, I figured out what I should be doing and never looked back."

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Ray Brown   New York City Fashion Designer Ray Brown Returns
to Alma Mater to Help Promote New Fashion Program

"Mercer had a hands-on approach and smaller class sizes. Complete your degree; it will teach you that this is not only a creative outlet, but a business."

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Stephanie Pratico   MCCC Alum Stephanie Pratico Finds Passion for Helping
the Disabled Through Her Own Family Experiences

"I liked that Mercer was local because I needed to be in the area for my job and for family commitments. For me, it met every need in my life at the time."

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Jim Smith   Mercer Alum Jim Smith Uses His Education
to Pursue Successful Graphic Design Career

"I was able to graduate with two degrees and immediately go out into the working world without a lot of college debt. The professors at Mercer are really on top of their game.”

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William Sondervan   Accomplished University Program Director William
Sondervan Recalls Mercer as First Step Towards Success

"Mercer was a vehicle that allowed me to have a great education and a great start to my career. I felt like my professors were always there for me."

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Melissa Conklin   Alum Melissa Conklin Enjoys Busy Job as Administrator
for West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Education

"I made important connections and had a chance to grow. I always encourage people to go to Mercer first because it helps you figure out your next steps."

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