In middle school, Clyde couldn’t imagine attending college. Now, the high school senior is already halfway done with his Associate’s degree — and the winner of a national 4-H award in STEM.
Meet Tyler Gregory, one of our two Vanguard Award winners this year! Tyler began his career as a paramedic, but is transitioning into nursing. “The educators are amazing, the student body is amazing and the ability to talk to people for anything you need,” he said of his SUNY Broome experience. “I’ve always loved this school.”
Student-run a cappella groups are rare at community colleges, due to the continual turnover of the campus population. Anastasia, a second-year Music major at SUNY Broome, has worked to make the Buzz Tones a musical success.
Tiffany once traveled the country as a racing instructor. Now she is a dual major in Manufacturing Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology, and plans to design the engines of the future.
Haley’s SUNY Broome coursework gave her the edge she needed to land a job in the hospitality industry. Plus, the ability to do much of her coursework online allows her to both work and pursue her education. “I can live my life around my classes and still do well,” she said.
Thanks to EOP, Kyara received the opportunity of a lifetime: to hear Michelle Obama speak in New York City. Read more about this Criminal Justice student and what inspires her.
“When you go out into the work environment, you need to leave that comfort zone and learn new things,” says Gloryangeliz, a Criminal Justice major. This future police officer has taken every opportunity to expand her horizons, including public speaking, leadership roles and more. Read more about how she decided to embrace challenge and change her trajectory.
After earning a degree as an athletic trainer, Derek realized that he still wanted to help people heal – but in a different capacity. That’s why he returned to college for a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. “It was a tough decision at first to get going, but three days in, I was so glad I did it. Going back was definitely the right thing for me,” he said.
This past year, the Lunch with the Law program has worked to bridge the divide between young men of color and members of the law enforcement community. As with many large events, the logistics can be complex – but Talik Farmer makes sure it runs seamlessly.
Saleh, who is from Sudan, didn’t speak much English when he first came to SUNY Broome. Now fluent, the Engineering Science major tutors his peers, and is planning to one day return to his home country and build schools for the deaf.
Kaitlynn wasn’t successful at her first college and her dream of transferring to Binghamton University seemed to drift out of reach. Coming to SUNY Broome has made a significant difference and her transfer options are back on the table. “The professors here work with me. The advising here is amazing. Everything is so easy,” she said. “The adults genuinely care and want to see the students succeed.”
After much reflection, Gabriella decided that she wanted to become a person who can change someone’s life — and opted to major in Human Services. An internship and her job as a Resident Assistant give her the opportunity to practice her skills outside the classroom.
“I want to be that person to help someone, whether through an organization or as an advocate,” she said.
Brianna learned about SUNY Broome from a neighbor. Now the Marketing major and Student Village RA recommends the college to others. “I got to meet different types of people from all different walks of life,” she said. “The professors were amazing, too, and customer service at the Registrar’s Office and Financial Aid was helpful.”
When his dream career as an archaeologist no longer proved a good fit, Alex went to SUNY Broome to retrain as a nurse. He’s glad he did. “Coming back to school as an adult has been so much easier. The professors pay a lot of attention to students and they are accessible,” he said. “It makes me wish I had considered a community college before a four-year institution.”
For the first time in 35 years, Anthony found himself in a classroom — and is loving every minute. “Talking with other people in the field, I have the chance now to take the transfer and go on to get my masters. The opportunity is here for me now,” said the Chemical Dependency Counseling major, who plans to earn a master’s degree in social work. “Sometimes I wish I would have done it years ago, but it wasn’t my calling then. Now it is.”