MVCC Alumni Testimonials
Courtney Spraker, Class of 2015
I work as an Accounting Clerk for the Controller of D&W Diesel in Auburn, NY. My employer was very impressed with my Accounting degree from MVCC. It gave me the edge I needed to stand above all other applicants and get the job... Accounting is a hard major, but my professor never gave up or lost patience with me. It was great to learn from an instructor who had actual life experience in the field. My professor made me want to succeed and I am happy to say I have started on a great accounting career path.
Currently I am a Youth Advocate for Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency. I just finished my junior year at the University at Albany, majoring in Social Welfare.
A community college education is important to me because it is a foundation to build on for when one attends a 4 year university. At a community college the class sizes are generally smaller and a student is able to receive personal 1-on-1 assistance, tutoring, etc. that they may not be able to receive at a 4 year institution.
A student is able to measure their own skills and abilities at a community college and develop them before attending a 4 year institution. Lastly a student can save money by receiving their associates at a community college then going on rather than doing all 4 years at a bigger university.
Why I Choose MVCC: I choose MVCC because I wanted a good college education, but didn't want to be paying loans off for the rest of my life. It was apparent to me that many Americans have trouble managing their financial situations; I didn't want that to be me. I knew that because I graduated in the top 10 percent of my high school class from a school in Oneida county, I could attend MVCC tuition free via their Presidential Scholarship. This is truly a great opportunity for students in graduating from high school in Oneida county.
One of the biggest stigmas of community college however is its association with being the 13th grade and not being on par with larger 4 year universities. But after talking with friends and family members who had went to MVCC and attained success, I saw MVCC as the best opportunity for me. I choose their Engineering Science program.
Quality: After starting, my worry of not getting a quality education quickly subsided. Many of my instructors had engineering experience so I felt like they had a great perspective on what was being taught. I also felt very challenged as I spent many late nights studying for the countless exams and quizzes that the courses that make up the Engineering Science curriculum bombard you with on a weekly basis. I thought the lab equipment used throughout my time at MVCC was really neat. The tensile and compression test equipment used in ES 261 (Mechanics of Materials) are very unique and not like what you'd find at most schools.