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Success After CCC

CCC alumni cite their education as the foundation for their success

Please enjoy the following stories about CCC alumni. If you have a story to share (or know a CCC alumnus whose story should be told), please tell us your story.

Kenny Taylor
At just 25 years old, SUNY CCC graduate Kenny Taylor ’13 is a member of the largest police department in the...
Susan Freitas
At just 22 years old, SUNY CCC graduate Susan Freitas ̛ 14 has landed her dream job: she is a junior designer...
Cecilia Charlton working on artwork in her studio,
Cecilia Charlton ‘09 is the Head Technician at Hales Gallery in London. She installs artwork for client...
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Roeshawn Daniels ’16 loves being a Chemical Technician at Corning Incorporated. To Roeshawn, her job is a...
Renee Staffeld
Renee Staffeld ’14 is working towards a career in Shelter Medicine at the Cornell University College of...
Travis Winters in his studio
Travis Winters ’06 invites artists from around the country to teach workshops at the Touchstone Center for...
Melissa Williams
Single mom. Domestic abuse survivor. Grandmother. College graduate. Success stories are often painted with...
CCC alum Cornelius Lyon standing with a sculpture
Cornelius “Pepsi” Lyon ‘64 knows what it’s like to bridge the gap between wanting an education, and pursuing...
August Troccia
Last Line of ImpactWhen August Troccia sat in Anatomy and Physiology as an aspiring pharmacist at St. John...
Shawn Murrey with his work
As the Senior Kiln Specialist at the #1 ranked ceramics school in the country, Shawn Murrey ’02, uses his...
LaMonte Orr in a lab
LaMonte Orr ’18 never imagined chemistry could be fun … and then he accepted a position at Corning...
Erik Dobell performing at Impossibilities
It only took an hour after watching a magician perform a card trick for Erik Dobell ‘05 to learn a trick of...
Brandi Smith-Moffe with her Mark Twain caricature painting
Brandi Smith-Moffe ’02 is the 2018 SUNY CCC Faculty Art Show guest alumna. Brandi grew up in Elmira, N.Y.,...
Joan Dugan and her husband
Joan Dugan Wilson did not plan on attending college. Probably marriage. Definitely work. As the saying goes,...
Alumnus David Gardner smiling
Dr. David G. Gardner ’67 has earned the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing the many accomplishments...
Sharon Carlineo
It had been 40 years since she'd stepped inside a classroom, and she'd never taken algebra. None-the-less,...
Darrin and Jeff King standing and smiling
Darrin and Jeff King worked for other companies before establishing their exclusively online operation. It’s...
Alum Patty Cordes holding a CCC banner
The Ann Marie Rossi ’76 award was established to recognize an employee who has shown commitment to CCC....
Alum Holly Young standing with Professor Benny Hunziker
Originally from the Corning area, Dr. Holly M. (Preston) Young earned an Associate’s degree in Math and...
Dan LaGasse
Dan LaGasse earned his degree in Mechanical Technology. The Finger Lakes Times newspaper showcased his...
Eileen Collins
STARS IN HER EYES The Air Force introduced former astronaut Eileen Collins to the wonders of astronomy As a...
Roger Madigan
Roger Madigan believed he was walking into a “super high school” when he enrolled at Corning Community...
Alum Melissa Brumback speaking at a podium
Corning Community College has a long tradition of launching some of tomorrow’s greatest minds. Eileen Collins...
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Nancy Williamson exudes energy.
Amanda Clark
Someday, we’re likely to see Amanda Clark on Broadway. At the tender age of 25, she’s already performed at...
Alum Lori Brockway
Lori J. (Swift) Brockway has been one to watch for years. While in high school, she studied for a year in...
Clint and Marisa Biddle
From CCC grad to business owner
Amy Spallone
Amy Spallone is fascinated by the microbial world.
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Jackie Kennard Counadis found her voice at Corning Community College. She enrolled shy and timid. She left...
Alum Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper didn’t plan on going to college after high school like some of his friends. Instead, he taught...
Jonathan Fritsch
Jonathan Fritsch instinctively knew there was more to making a living than the mundane jobs he worked with...
Emily Doppel
Emily Doppel ’15 knows what it’s like to be pulled in multiple directions. In high school, she worked a...
Child hugging Melissa Murphy
Melissa Murphy had a long list of excuses why she wasn’t college material. She was too old. She wasn’t smart...
James Rugur holding a large fish
James Rugur earned top academic honors at graduation from the New York State Correctional Academy in Albany,...
Alum Thomas Hakes smiling
When Thomas Hakes began work as a consultant with Brightworks Computer Consulting it was like deja vu. A real...